Because of YOU, we can provide home, herd, rest and individualized care for the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary and those yet to come.
Our focus remains on providing the best life possible for our resident elephants. At The Sanctuary, elephants have access to acres of pasture and forests where they can choose to spend time with an elephant companion, push down a tree, forage for food, or swim in a lake.
In addition to the freedom and acreage provided, The Sanctuary's Veterinary and Care Staff create individualized care plans for each elephant based on her needs. In the wild, elephants can live well into their 60s and even 70s. Historically, captive elephants have a shorter life expectancy as a result of chronic, progressive conditions that can negatively impact their health and mobility... conditions like arthritis, foot disease and tuberculosis.
The Sanctuary has learned so much about aging elephants through caring for Shirley, now 69 years old and a Sanctuary resident for 18 years.
“Despite all that Shirley has suffered she travels daily throughout her expansive habitat and still chooses to be an active participant in her care,” says Stephanie DeYoung, Director of Husbandry. “All elephants are amazing, but Shirley possesses a keen intelligence that is astounding.”
A TYPICAL CARE PLAN INCLUDES:
•Multi-wavelength cold laser therapy
•Cushioned epoxy treatment for foot comfort
•Sand piles throughout the habitat for comfortable sleeping
•Anti-inflammatory and pain medications
•All natural botanical cleanser and moisturizer for skin care
•Specialized diagnostics including imaging of bones, joints and teeth
Your support makes it all possible. We could not possibly provide this level of care to elephants without your contribution. Every gift has an impact and helps us care for current residents—Shirley, Tarra, Minnie, Ronnie, Debbie, Billie, Sissy, Sukari, Tange and Flora—and those yet to come.
Fundraisers at the $1,000 level Pick out $100 of merchandise from The Elephant Sanctuary’s online Gift Shop.
Fundraisers at the $2,500 level Pick out $200 of merchandise from The Elephant Sanctuary’s online Gift Shop.
Fundraisers at the $5,000 level Receive a special Shirley gift package that includes a Shirley T-shirt; a logo cap; a 12 oz bag of Bongo Java’s “Made-in-the-Shade” organic, shade-grown coffee; and The Elephant Sanctuary Klean Kanteen.
Fundraisers at the $10,000 level* Receive the benefits of a VIP member with the opportunity to meet staff and learn more about The Elephant Sanctuary. Click on this link to learn more: http://bit.ly/2z278qc.
*Team fundraisers at the $10,000 level will be offered an opportunity to volunteer for The Elephant Sanctuary as a group. Volunteers must be 18 years of age at the time of volunteer day OR 15-17 years of age AND accompanied by an adult.
The Elephant Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Our strong performance as an animal-welfare/wildlife conservation 501(c)(3) Nonprofit is recognized by reputable charity monitoring groups: GuideStar, GivingMatters, BBB, Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Great Nonprofits.