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Freedom Refuge for Retired Elephants

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Help build a refuge for retired elephants!

$42,533 has been raised! $177,467 to go!

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Elephant Aid International (EAI) has secured an 850 acre parcel of land to create a pristine refuge for retired and rescued circus and zoo elephants. We need your help to secure the perimeter with the necessary double fencing to keep the elephant residents safe.


There are over 400 elephants living in the United States being used in entertainment. These elephants have been kept in chains or in cramped quarters for decades, unable to engage in natural behaviors and develop interpersonal friendships so necessary to their well-being.

As many shows that use elephants are ending many of the elephants are being donated or loaned to be own public exhibit or retired to live in chains in private facilities. Efforts from animal welfare groups have been stalled as retirement to sanctuaries has slowed — until now. As a result, elephants are moved to unsuitable places for extended periods of time or are not rescued at all.


When Elephant Aid International President & CEO, Carol Buckley, co-founded The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in 1995, she created a new model that came to define the gold standard for elephant care in captivity. Now, under Buckley's stewardship, EAI's Elephant Refuge North America will build on the experience gained at both accredited US sanctuaries over the past two decades, as well as what EAI has learned from their numerous projects in Asia.

The land is purchased, but shelter construction and operations cannot begin until two fences are constructed with a perimeter fence and security fence to keep intruders out and the elephants safe. We need your help to make this refuge a reality.

You can help! Just $8 will pay for one foot of the Elephant Refuge Fence Project and help provide a promising future to elephants across the nation.

The Refuge for Rescued Elephants

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