Peaceful, majestic, docile, symbol of wisdom, famous for their memory…, whether hunted for their ivory or captured to be used as beast of burden, these pachyderms have not been spared by humans. Ultimate outrage, and while they are among the largest wild mammals, they are locked in zoos or circuses. However, due to changes in society, more and more voices have been raised to denounce these unworthy living conditions. And more and more countries are banning circuses from exploiting these magnificent animals.
The European Elephant Sanctuary, the first centre of its kind in Europe, was created in France to save, re-socialise and rehabilitate these pachyderms. To accommodate them as best as possible, the sanctuary is building various new infrastructures, stables, enclosures, etc. that meet their needs and for their well-being.
Equestrio Foundation financially supports by way of feed and logistics related to the welfare of elephants through the purchase of twenty-one tonnes of hay, i.e. the amount needed by an elephant for one year. It also takes care of the wood to heat the animal shed in winter, as well as the equipment essential for the operation of the sanctuary.
Elephant Haven is a non-profit association co-founded by two pachyderm-lovers, Tony Verhulst and Sofie Goetghebeur. Both have worked as elephant keepers in animal centres in Belgium. Elephant Haven’s mission: to offer captive elephants in Europe a refuge where they can live in decent conditions, respectful of their needs with a sole objective: their well-being. The association also wants to develop informative programmes on elephants and their behaviour, and invites the public to reconnect with “nature and all its creatures.”Visit the website
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