Elephant Haven-HELP BUILD THE FIRST ELEPHANT BARN!
Team Member: Sam Short
Nancy Nortell wrote -
I'm helping Elephant Haven raise a part of the money to help them reach their goal. I hope you'll do your part, too, and donate to this wonderful sanctuary they want to build for the love of elephants!!!
There are currently 141 elephants in circuses and 540 elephants living in zoos across Europe. With a ban on Elephants in circuses currently sweeping throughout European countries, and the realization by many circus owners that such large animals are becoming impossible to transport through increasingly busy towns and cities, it is leading them to retire their Elephants from circus life. Relocating the Elephants back to their country of origin is not a realistic option so we are providing a safe haven for these beautiful creatures.
The founders of Elephant Haven: Tony Verhulst and Sofie Goetghebeur have finally found a magnificent piece of land, which is perfect for Elephants, in the Limousin region of France and now we URGENTLY need to raise $442,000 USD (€380,000 EU) (£292,000 GBP) to secure the land.
Details of the property:
- It is situated in a peaceful Natural Park; Parc Natural Regionel Perigord Nord, which has gentle rolling hills.
- Over 60 acres (25 hectares) of organic farmland with the possibility to purchase adjoining land in the future.
- the land has a lake and mature oak trees.
- there are water sources on the land; therefore more lakes and mud wallows can be dug out; this also provides readily available drinking water.
- extra trees will be planted to provide further shade for the Elephants.
- there are also beautiful barns, one which will be converted into a Conservation Education Center for schools and visitors.
- we also have plans in place to build viewing platforms and walkways for visitors to enjoy watching the Elephants live in peace and dignity whilst roaming through the acreage of their new home.
Katherine Connor from Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) and Louise Rogerson of Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation (EARS) are very proud and excited to be joining this groundbreaking project in a supporting role.
The Advisory Board:
There are various international experts in the field of animal welfare and management science on The Advisory Board including Dr Joyce Poole, Peter Granli, Carol Buckley, Dr Keith Lindsay, Con Mul, Margaret A Whittaker, Ed Stewart, Roger Mann and Colleen Kinzley, Florence Ollivet - Courtois and Lionel Chapelet.
Each Organization and member of The Advisory Board brings a wealth of experience and knowledge; this truly is an international effort and we are all working together to make this dream a reality.
BY PLEDGING YOUR DONATION YOU ARE HELPING ELEPHANTS IN EUROPE TO RETIRE.
We are eternally grateful for your generosity and support and we thank you in advance for joining us on this very special journey.
Tony, Sofie, Sarah, Katherine and Louise x