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  • Launch of Global Sanctuary for Elephants - with ElephantVoices as founding partner

    As many of our supporters know, for the last couple of years ElephantVoices has been working with team members in Brazil to promote and support progressive legislation to end the antiquated practice of performing elephants. A connected strategy has been to explore the development of an elephant sanctuary in Brazil. Many captive elephants in Brazil and other South American countries are in dire need of better welfare and living conditions. To help put an end to their suffering, a sanctuary in Brazil is urgently needed.

    Recently, Scott Blais, co-founder of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and his partner, Katherine Blais, have established a new non-profit entity, Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSfE), with financial and other support from ElephantVoices.

    Dedicated to the development and support of progressive, holistic, natural habitat elephant sanctuaries internationally, GSfE will spearhead the exciting and, for elephants, important effort in Brazil. Brazil is for many reasons a well suited location for a sanctuary - with the climate, available habitats permitting natural foraging and social behavior, the potential of progressive policies and a our established team of enthusiastic volunteers being just a few.

    A collaborative initiative with ambitious goals

    Joyce (far left) and Petter with Ana Zinger and Junia Machado, ElephantVoices Brasil. Photo: ElephantVoices. With their vast experience with captive elephants, Scott and Katherine

  • Our team

    Collaboration and networking is fundamental to achieving the goals of ElephantVoices. Our web of colleagues, like the social network of elephants, extends far and wide across countries and continents. Even though our formal team is small - the big circle of individuals and institutions that we regularly team up with is far-reaching. ElephantVoices couldn't operate effectively without them, which is why this short introduction is included on this page. We thank all our collaborators, including those from the earliest days, for the discoveries and achievements made possible by working together. A special thank you to all those we continue to work with in Amboseli and Maasai Mara, Kenya, and in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, where we have spent most of our field time over the years.

    Joyce Poole is Co-Founder and Co-Director of ElephantVoices. She has a Ph.D. in elephant behavior from Cambridge University, and has studied the social behavior and communication of elephants for over 40 years, dedicating her life to their conservation and welfare. Her contributions to science include the discovery of musth in male African elephants, the description of the contextual use of elephant vocalizations, including those below the level of human hearing, and the discovery of

  • Santuário de Elefantes Brasil

    In 2010, together with Junia Machado and other elephant friends in Brazil, ElephantVoices began working for the interests of captive elephants in Brazil and the South American continent as a whole. Part of our effort was to promote and support progressive legislation to end the antiquated practice of performing elephants.

    Several regions in Brazil offer the year-round temperatures that allow elephants to be outside, day and night, 365 days a year. Also the diverse flora and biodiversity, with a variety of grasses, vines, shrubs, bushes and trees, is ideal for elephants.We stated our objectives as:
    To create awareness about elephant conservation and the welfare needs of captive elephants in Brazil, and to ensure that a sanctuary for elephants in Brazil and elsewhere in South-America is established.

    One might ask, Why Brazil?

    During the launch of this initiative we declared that Brazil offers: a perfect climate for elephants; the possibility of obtaining a suitable sized parcel of land with habitat permitting natural foraging and social behavior; the potential to provide a home to the many captive elephants who are suffering in South America; the presence of a team of energized, committed people who want to work hard for the best interest of elephants.

    The dire need for an alternative to life in circuses

    To get a sanctuary in Brazil up and running was key to discussions about how to end the suffering of elephants currently in circuses and inadequate zoos. Without a