Sanctuary Transition

Dear friends and colleagues:

I wanted to write and tell you that after many years of dedicated service, Scott Blais will be leaving his position as Sanctuary COO on November 30.  He will continue to serve the organization in a project-based position for several more months as he continues to oversee several key operational projects currently underway.

In Scott’s words:
“Helping The Elephant Sanctuary grow out of a dream has been an unequivocal and unparalleled gift, filled with countless lessons about life and living, infinite joys and enduring a few hardships. All of those are surpassed by one thing, the blessing of watching captive elephants flourish, observing their bliss and undeniable happiness.  A place of freedom has been created not only allowing elephants to discover who they really are, but opening a window for people to see for the first time in captivity what it is to be an elephant. A pathway has been paved for others to follow. It is now time to move ahead on my journey, enabling others to continue the work that has been started.”

Scott and I have worked closely together to bring world-wide visibility to the plight of elephants in captivity and helped to raise global awareness around the humane treatment of elephants.

The leadership transition will have no direct impact on animal care. The most significant changes will be internal operational changes and a re-appropriation of duties among current staff.

The Board and Staff of the Elephant Sanctuary will always honor Scott’s leading role in establishing and growing our organization.  If you have further questions about this transition do not hesitate to contact me or Kate Elliott (

Most sincerely,

Carol Buckley