Sissy's Trip to the Sanctuary

Sissy's Trailer is Delivered!

January 3, 2000

Once again, Alton Henson came through for the Sanctuary and for Sissy! An award-winning "Million Miler" driver with Landstar Ligon Trucking company, Alton Henson donated his services to deliver Sissy's transport trailer.The custom-built elephant trailer was graciously provided by Chuck and Rise Pankow of Nashville. Once delivered to the zoo, the trailer was set in place and Sissy was allowed to investigate it in order to become familiar and comfortable with it. Over the next several days she was encouraged, with the use of positive reinforcement, to enter the trailer. As soon as Sissy was comfortable standing in the trailer for an extended period of time, her transport date was able to be confirmed.

A huge "thank you" goes to Alton who once again took time out of his busy schedule to donate his time and services for Sissy and The Elephant Sanctuary. A hugh welcome and thank you goes to Michael Knowles who has joined our team of elephant transporters. Michael is a contracted driver for Landstar Ligon and was thrilled at the opportunity to assist in Sissy's move. Michael transported Sissy from El Paso to Hohenwald. He was a professional in every way, paying acute attention to the safety and comfort of his precious cargo.

Jan. 24, 6:30 a.m. The truck was attached to the trailer in preparation for Sissy's move.

Jan. 24, 7:00 a.m. Sissy was led directly into the trailer without hesitation. She was very calm.

Jan. 24, 7:10 a.m. Sissy began her trip to Hohenwald

Sissy's CaravanThe caravan transporting Sissy moves towards the Sanctuary

Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m. Scott called from the road with an update. Sissy is eating and appears comfortable. She is riding well and not rocking or moving around much. The temperature in the trailer is 60 degrees.

Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. - Traveling East on Hwy 20 just outside of Pecos, TX. Stopped to offer Sissy a drink of water. She ate a few carrots and appeared calm.


Mike Knowles, driverA huge thank-you to Mike Knowles, driver of Sissy's van

Jan. 25 - Great morning! Sissy slept well last night and drank for more than 5 minutes this morning. Fox-14 is following Sissy for the entire trip from El Paso to the Sanctuary. One of the big questions asked of Scott and driver Mike Knowles was, "Why do you stop every three hours?" Scott let them know that Sissy needs to be monitored as often as possible, but more importantly, Scott is establishing a trust with Sissy, a sort of contract. He is demonstrating to Sissy that she is a priority and that her welfare is his concern. She is being shown that she is a very special individual. The more special attention Scott shows to Sissy the more she will trust him. This will make her trip less stressful and begins the bond that will form between the two.

Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Just outside Little Rock, Scott spied some river cane growing alongside the road. Knowing that bamboo is a staple of wild elephants and a favorite of the Sanctuary's elephants, he stopped and cut some for Sissy. She made a quick treat out of the entire pile!

Sleep Tight at the Comfort InnThanks to the Comfort Inn folks who provided a room during the trip to the Sanctuary.

January 25, 5:30 p.m. - Forest City, Arkansas. Sissy drank gallons of water, finished off the last of her river cane and is bedded down for the night. All is well. She has remained calm for the entire trip.