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Global Sanctuary For Elephants

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Global Sanctuary for Elephants exists to create vast safe spaces for captive elephants, where they are able to heal physically and emotionally. There are elephants around the world in need of sanctuary, but too few places exist to be able to care for even a fraction of them. GSE is creating a framework that will oversee sanctuaries to be built in areas of need worldwide. We work to educate as many as possible about the suffering of elephants in captivity

Results: In 2016, Global Sanctuary for Elephants built their pilot project, Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, the first and only elephant sanctuary in Latin America, in response to the growing need for assistance to captive elephants in South America. Situated on 2,800 acres of diverse property in the municipality of Chapada dos Guimarães, it has offered homes to seven adult female Asian elephants, to date. The sanctuary continues to expand and there are plans to bring additional elephants, both male and female, Asian and African. Elephants who have been given access to the more natural environment and specialized medical care at our sanctuary can recover or see improvement in instances of severe weight loss, joint and foot issues, bouts of colic, and other forms of extreme physical, psychological, and emotional trauma, and many once-solitary animals have built healthy relationships with other elephants.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Currently, 5 rescued female Asian elephants and a varying number of local species monitored through a rehabilitation and release program. There are plans to add 2 additional female Asian elephants, one male Asian elephant, and three female African elephants in the coming year.

Geographic areas served: Elephant Sanctuary Brazil serves the entire continent of South America. Global Elephant Sanctuary’s mission is to expand the reach of our organization to other countries and continents.

Programs: Global Elephant Sanctuary seeks to assist elephants in need, across the world. Through Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, we are able to focus on providing a safe and healthy habitat for the growing number of elephants displaced by ongoing bans on performing animals across South America.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've known Scott and Kat and their work with elephants for nearly 10 years. I have been a donor, a volunteer and a coworker and I can assure you Global Sanctuary for Elephants is an amazing organization with a grand but attainable mission of providing a better life for elephants around the world. Scott and Kat manage the organization and care for the elephants with a passion and integrity rarely seen. Their life and work are one path, and this dedication has privded dozens of elephants the opprotunity to heal and experience life in sanctuary. Every dollar donated, and every donor, is treated with respect and gratitude and put is directly to work bringing an elephant in need somewhere in the world closer to sanctuary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. I love to support it.

4 M. Taylor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is a wonderful loving safe haven for elephants. A paradise for not only elephants, GSE also has a rehabilitation and release program to tapirs. Global Sanctuary for Elephants is a true sanctuary, a sanctuary for all. Kat and Scott bring a life time of experience, expertise, devotion and understanding to formally neglected and abused Elephants helping them heal from a life time of abuse and neglect.

8 Nadia M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for one month last October (2018) at Global Sanctuary for Elephants. It was a truly amazing and humbling experience. The dedication and passion by the founders Kat and Scott Blais are just incredible. They are supported by a fantastic crew who are equally dedicated not only to the elephants but to all creatures great and small who call this sanctuary home. The sanctuary grounds are vast and so diverse in their topography boasting hills, valleys, lush grass pastures, small rivers, palm trees and many other indigenous plants and trees. This sanctuary is truly heaven on earth for all its inhabitants.

1 Diana M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following GSE for years. Have donated and helped anyway I can. The level of kindness, love, care and respect for the elephants and all others who are part of their sanctuary family is awe inspiring. In a world full of so much cruelty GSE is a breath of fresh air!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following Sharing and donating to Global Sanctuary for elephants for years now the love and care given to each elephant is just indescribably beautiful and So thankful for their life’s work

7 Colby S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An absolutely amazing place!! The work that Scott and Kat have done in creating such a beautiful healing elephant Sanctuary is beyond a blessing to these beautiful souls! I have watched the progress of Maia, Guida and Rana from day one and I can't think of a more magical healing place for any captive elephant.

7 Terri M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Global Sanctuary for Elephants for over two years, as a volunteer and donor, and highly recommend them for their mission, effectiveness, and transparency. Their first project -- Elephant Sanctuary Brazil -- provides lifelong sanctuary for retired zoo and circus elephants from throughout South America. Building from the ground up, with only a few paid staff and on a shoestring budget, they have been able to provide sanctuary for three elephants (with more to come), along with expertise, supportive care and advice to zoos and private parties caring for elephants in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. The Board and staff are consistently open and responsive to questions and I trust them implicitly to use my donations effectively and for the purpose intended.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Global Sanctuary for a Elephants the night I happened to come across the live feed of Maia and Guida’s arrival on the back of lorries. I sat transfixed until both beautiful girls were off loaded and in their holding pens. I’m in the UK so it was the early hours of the morning. The first thing I did when I woke up was to go back on to see how they were. It has been wonderful to watch these fabulous girls begin to relax and get to know each other properly and not be chained in the field they lived in for years. Maia could be demonstrative with Guida. Just look at them now, they love each other, are never far away from each other. Their characters have been emerging over the last 20 odd months. Maia’s a total goof ball, Guida is more laid back. I love them so much. I can’t wait till Ramba, Kenya and the other wonderful ele’s waiting for paperwork to go through to finally allow them to come to GSE, I long for their arrival.
Kat and Scott and all their team and Wal-ee are just wonderful kind hearted people. They take us through the ups and downs, the laughter and tears. I love the girls and I love these wonderful people too. Thank you all. ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global Sanctuary for Elephants came to my attention via Twitter. Amazing organization with a dedicated team. Proud to donate towards their goal of providing captive elephants sanctuary. No chains, no performances-just peace and the choice to be part of a herd.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed & watched Scott and Kat Blais for many years. Two humans dedicated to serving elephants and giving them the best home humanely possible. Ensuring elephants have the best care humans can provide. Both have my full support and trust. I have had the honor to “watch” them build from the ground up Global Sanctuary for Elephants. Creating Sanctuary Brazil and rescuing in a short timeframe two beautiful and sweet elephants, with more waiting to arrive. Kat and Scott provide us with daily updates (dependent on electricity) on all the residents at Sanctuary! Their videos of the residents are heartwarming and amazing. You feel as if you are right there. Besides elephants (with more to come) - chickens, horses, tapirs, dogs also make their home at GSfE – Sanctuary Brazil. Also important the elephants who are waiting and will soon call Sanctuary Brazil their Forever home. I can’t wait.

6 Ricki D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My passion to help elephants was sparked in 2013. I’d just returned from S. Africa where I’d fallen in love with that creature, but had learned the sad facts of the myriad of problems facing it. I furiously began knitting hats, creating elephant motif steppingstones, and crafts with monies raised going to elephant causes. My donations were modest. I felt my pennies were lost amongst the thousands or million of $$ the internationally recognized, celebrity- endorsing sanctuaries were receiving. Stars aligned that led me to Global Sanctuary for Elephants!! I have never turned back from supporting GSE. Scott & Kat, the founders, originally from Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, are THE most compassionate, determined, and amazing human beings. They are elephant whisperers who have the patience, knowledge, and training to bring captive elephants back to their true, inherent natures. At GSE, an elephant can be an elephant 100%. I cannot praise this organization enough!! I’ve volunteered in fundraising efforts through online auctions, The Big Payback, et al. The integrity, professionalism, and transparency at GSE is beyond reproach. I recommend GSE to anyone wanting to help captive elephants reach sanctuary. The newsletters and almost daily updates on social media are simply delightful as well.

7 Suz G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor-turned-volunteer! I have known the cofounders for many years- I worked with them at another elephant sanctuary, so I soon as I heard they were starting this one, I immediately donated and continued donating over the years. I eventually became a volunteer in various contexts, and recently travelled to Brazil to volunteer in person - it is an absolutely incredible place. The elephants are well cared for and well loved/supported, as well as the other various creatures that find themselves at sanctuary. I highly recommend donating time or money to this worthwhile organization - there are many elephants in South America and around the world that would benefit greatly from sanctuary, and I believe the dedicated folks behind this nonprofit are making a difference every day!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Global Sanctuary for Elephants in Brazil is unique in every way, their principles are strong & the amount of care & understanding taken for their elephants is simply the best. The effort and determination they show to rescue even more elephants in the near future tells me this is a perfect sanctuary but could certainly do with more funding to help them achieve this. Already they have two x circus elephants that have thrived in the two short years they have been there. Lets hope Scott & Kat’s dream comes true to enable them to give other captive elephants their forever home soon.

8 Thyra R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, several years ago, when they were first getting up and running. I work with a great many organizations, and while some are better than others, I am delighted to say that GSE is the absolute gold standard!
They are rated very highly on charity watchdog sites, in terms of their financial transparency and their organizational structure. But what makes them truly a joy to work with is their 100% dedication to providing safe, humane, lifetime care to the suffering elephants of the world.
They have the space, the know- how and the right mindset to make a real impact on elephants and their care.
I have also worked directly with them on a variety of fund raising endeavors! Unlike some of the "mega organizations" Global Sanctuary is very hands on, personal, up front and appreciative. They are personally vested in their supporters AND their elephants! I am very proud and happy to support Global Sanctuary for Elephants!

7 Debra58

Donor

Rating: 5

Scott and Kat Blais have made it their life's work to help captive elephants. Those familiar with The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will remember Scott as one of the co-founders of that fine sanctuary for retired elephants and Kat also worked at TES as a caregiver for the Girls there. Learning that South America was making progress to free all captives in zoos and circuses they decided that Brazil would be a perfect fit to establish a new sanctuary for those elephants in that vicinity and beyond. In a few years' time they have welcomed their first two Asian female elephants, Maia and Guida, and delight all who follow their site with deeply personal glimpses into what sanctuary is about and how this philosophy of kindness and intensely focused care demonstrates the result in the behaviors of the elephants. Many times the elephants suffer from human cruelty and stresses that labels them dangerous and uncooperative. In a few short months the atmosphere at GSfE calms them, brings them together and delights all who witness this astonishing change for the better. I am honored to be part of their Support Family, and with other elephants (Africans and males included) waiting to move to this incredible place I look forward to watching as individuals become herds and families, what every elephant craves for overall health and happiness. I enthusiastically give this magic place 5 stars!

7 SusanBC

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched Kat and Scott work with elephants for many years. I have never seen two individuals so devoted and determined to provide the best possible care they can to any living being. Watching how they have built the Sanctuary in Brazil has been nothing short of amazing. The updates on the resident elephants, not to mention dogs, cats, chickens, a horse and other animals that need them are very inspirational. I cannot wait until more elephants are able to call Sanctuary home.

7 Shelley M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud of this incredible work and to be a donor. They have my trust and support. In a charity I look for accountability transparency ethics and purpose driven work. Global Sanctuary gets highest marks from me in all categories.

8 CarolynBorkowski

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my extraordinarily good luck to become aware of the work of Global Sanctuary for Elephants in 2015 at which point I became a supporter and donor. I was immediately struck with their very open, transparent approach on everything that is involved in rescuing captive elephants - their desire to share their expert knowledge and experience with all donors and supporters. They have truly created a village - touching supporters and donors individually; doors always open.

No matter what the endeavor is, it is rare to come across two people (co-founders Scott & Kat Blais) with such a depth of character, integrity, determination and passion. Their can-do/must-do spirit and commitment to do whatever it takes to help elephants in need is as deep of an inspiration as I have been blessed to witness in this lifetime. It has been my good fortune to work with them as a full-time off-site volunteer since 2016; a blessing that I am deeply grateful for each and every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have closely followed the dedication, professionalism and serious work that the Global Sanctuary for Elephants have shown for so many years and the amazing impact it has had on the lives of elephants, other animals and the community. So much knowledge and experience have been shared and learned within the team!

7 Cassia M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Following Kat and Scott's work for years now. What they have accomplished so far in Brazil is already amazing, and there is still so much to be done for elephants in South America. If anyone can do it, it is them! Their work ethic and transparency shine just as bright as their love and passion for the cause, and that's an incredible combination for a nonprofit!