About

Our mission

Our mission is: Protecting, rescuing and providing sanctuary for elephants worldwide.

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 exist to be able to care for even a fraction of them.

Below are 4 integral pieces of the sanctuary puzzle that we will provide:

  • Vast wide open space to allow elephants to get lost within their own world of intuitive exploration
  • Both mental and physical stimulation-empowering them to think, move and function as they would in the wild
  • An emotionally nurturing environment that encourages elephants to communicate their fears and desires free from expectation
  • The companionship of a herd- allowing elephants incomparable support and the knowledge they are no longer alone.

The space, freedom, unconditional love and respect sanctuary provides simply cannot be duplicated. It is the only true healthy option for elephants in captivity. That is why we need your support to make sanctuary life a reality for elephants around the globe.

Our first sanctuary

Our first and pilot sanctuary is Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. It will be the first and only sanctuary for elephants on the continent. Creating a 1,100-hectare sanctuary is a huge undertaking, but a necessary one for captive elephants throughout South America. A healthy option simply doesn’t exist.

Due to the size of the property, it could take years to construct all of the necessary fencing. We have broken development down into phases to allow for immediate rescue of elephants while continuing to expand to offer them the space they need for a full recovery. The items labeled on the map are all part of the first phase of construction, which will allow us to immediately rescue 4-6 Asian female elephants, depending upon compatibility.

The sanctuary will provide a haven to elephants of both species (Asians and Africans) and both genders. ESB is starting with female Asian elephants due to the higher numbers in South America and the immediate need.  Our next phase, which will start immediately after completion of the first, will house African elephants.

The location

There isn’t one single thing that nature hasn’t provided within this piece of paradise. It’s not just streams, ponds, trees and grass; it’s a mix of soft, waist high natural grasses that beg to be touched and cultivated dark green pasture grass packed with nutrients. Springs that are so clean and fresh that 4 bottling companies reside in this little town. Streams and rivers that are big enough to bathe and play in, but small enough to not be overwhelming to older or sick elephants. Nooks and crannies to explore, steep hills for the adventurous girls or the big boys and gentle slopes for napping. Wonderful palms that provide food for macaws and countless other wildlife, mixed with numerous indigenous varieties of fruit trees and hardwoods that offer a 10-degree temperature drop once you enter the shade of their canopy. When you are on the property, all you hear is the birds and bugs and all you smell is fresh dirt and green foliage. It is pleasing to every one of the senses and phenomenal in every way.

All it needs now are the elephants; and we already know there are many waiting in South America that could never even dream of having a home like this. But you are helping us to create just that, a forever home that will allow them to thrive.

Our Team

Our team is made up of experts in both captive and wild elephants, allowing us to address both the care and recovery necessary for captive elephants while always keeping in mind the inherent needs of elephants as a wild species.

Scott Blais, CEO and founder of GSE has over 25 years of experience managing African and Asian elephants in zoos circuses and at a natural habitat sanctuary. In 1995 Scott co-founded The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and for more than 16 years designed, constructed and sustained the sanctuary along with caring for every resident elephant during that time.

Dr. Joyce Poole, Partner and Board Member, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on elephants. She has studied African elephants, their social behavior and communication for 40 years and has dedicated her life to their conservation and welfare. In 2002 she and her husband, Petter Granli, founded ElephantVoices – an organization working globally for the interest of elephants and with field projects in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique and Maasai Mara, Kenya.

To learn more about the rest of our team and experienced advisors and team members, you can visit our website.