Christy Crawley via Crowdrise
October 08, 2011
BENEFITING: Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
HOURS PLEDGED: 24
Elephants are some of the most intelligent animals on earth. The elephant's brain is similar to that of a human's in terms of structure, complexity, and that their emotions mirror ours as well. In their closely knit, matriarchal societies, joy, anger, grief, compassion, love are easily observed.
Sadly, elephants are victims of severe, systemic abuse, both in this country and around the world. Elephants are beaten, shocked, and confined during their "training" to perform. Elephants, which tend to walk up to 50 miles a day in their natural habitats, are kept confined in small spaces. Many are chained by two legs for up to twenty hours a day.
It’s time to take a stand against the abuse of these intelligent, unique, and big hearted creatures. Please assist me in my mission by donating to my project, which serves the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It’s a non-profit organization and was designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants which have been retired from zoos and circuses. Stretching over 2700 acres, it provides three separate, protected, natural-habitat environments for both Asian and African elephants. The elephants are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like real elephants.
The Elephant Sanctuary holds a similar philosophy to one of my favorite places on Earth, The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I volunteered at the park last summer, helping to take care of the elephants. You can visit them at http://elephantnaturepark.org
Thank you very much for taking the time to check out my page and for thinking of our elephant friends!