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Giving Tuesday is Here!

Help us meet the ongoing needs of the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee...and those yet to come

We're really excited to let you know that we're a part of the CrowdRise Holiday Charity Challenge. It's a fundraising campaign launched by CrowdRise where organizations like ours compete to raise the most money.

It started on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 12pm ET and the organization that raises the most by noon on January 3, 2018 will receive a $150,000 donation. Second and third place will also win large cash donations. Thanks to the incredible support of our donors, we’ve placed second the last two years—and for that, we’re incredibly grateful! This year, we're ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $150,000 grand prize donation.

GivingTuesday is the Big Push.

The charity that raises the most money on Giving Tuesday, November 28th, will win $50,000 for its cause. 

Donate On #GivingTuesday! 
We Can’t Do It Without You.

Please also consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to that grand prize.

It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here and click 'Fundraise for This Campaign.'

Your Gift Makes a Difference.

Because of YOU, we can provide home, herd, rest and individualized care for the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary.

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 Stephane 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, Sukari, Tange and Flora.

This holiday season, we celebrate and honor the 28 elephants who have found refuge at The Sanctuary, and with your support, we pledge to continue the work to make way for those to come. By donating, you are providing better outcomes for aging captive elephants.

Donate Now!

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