The crowdrise campaign is closed but if you would like to donate towards Ramba's rescue you still can here.
Ramba has waited 50 years for her life to begin.
Please help us raise the money for her transport to sanctuary.
Ramba spent four agonizing decades enduring the daily abuse, neglect and indignity of circus life. In 2010 she was confiscated by the Chilean government, but with nowhere to go Ramba remained in isolation on the circus lot for another year. In 2011 Ramba was rescued from the circus and moved to a temporary location while awaiting transport to a U.S. sanctuary. When that chance at happiness fell through, Ramba had no alternative but to patiently wait and hope for a forever home in a sanctuary that had yet to exist.
Throughout Ramba's heartbreaking six year quest for a safe haven we have worked closely with Chilean NGO Ecopolis, to increase her comfort in captivity, providing financial support and training caregivers, while also working intensely to create Elephant Sanctuary Brazil (ESB), the first and only elephant sanctuary in South America and the final solution for Ramba and other elephants like her. Although Ramba's adoring caregivers Caro and Consu continue to do everything possible to ensure she receives the loving attention that a geriatric elephant needs and deserves, the noise and stress of the roadside zoo, and her solitary life, continue to take a devastating toll.
With your kind and generous support we can rescue Ramba from the nerve-wracking chaos of zoo visitors, park rides and all-night parties and finally bring her home to the peace and tranquility of ESB. We are ready to welcome Ramba to her beautiful, clean and quiet open-air barn where she will have the freedom to enjoy outdoor year round access within 2800 rolling acres of stunning pasture, dense forest and dozens of fresh water springs and streams. In this stunningly beautiful and sacred place, Ramba will receive the critical emotional and physical help and support that only our dedicated staff with over 40 years of combined captive elephant rescue and recovery experience can provide. Our global team of experts, including a staff veterinarian/caregiver, is standing by to apply their highly specialized knowledge to this labor of love - healing the extensive damage she sustained in captivity.
Most importantly, at ESB, Ramba will finally have a chance to push past the self-protective emotional barriers that she has built up over four decades by discovering the joy and friendship of herd life. Ramba's naturally cooperative and engaging nature will have a chance to fully blossom in the company of other elephants. Through the understanding and loving companionship of current residents Maia, Guida and all of the elephants who will follow, Ramba will find the courage she needs to break down the last wall, open her heart and experience what it really means to be an elephant.
Everyone who has been involved in Ramba's care over the course of her very long and painful odyssey is anxiously awaiting that magical moment when Ramba can reach out her trunk and for the first time be met by another trunk and a soothing rumble from one of her own.
You can make that moment happen. Your generous donation will help us raise the funds necessary to safely transport Ramba over the Andes, which includes the cost of air and ground transportation, cranes to load and unload her container as well as little stress reducing comforts. I'll stay by Ramba's side on her flight along with our elephant veterinarian. More of our team and her current caregivers Consu and Caro, will join us for the final leg, the drive home.
On that long awaited, triumphant day Ramba will step off of a transport container for the very last time, walk into her own barn and habitat after 50 years of waiting, worrying and wondering if her time will ever come, she will feel the loving embrace of family - her very own family.
We are so grateful to everyone who has donated time, attention and financial support over the past six years, helping us to build ESB from the ground up and create a safe, nurturing home for Ramba and her sisters and brothers across South America.
This is the final leg, the most critical leg of Ramba's heart-wrenching journey. Together we can do this. Let's bring her home!
With loving gratitude for all that you do,
Scott Blais GSE CEO
and Kat, Caro, Consu, Paola, Pilar, Carmen, Florencia, Laura and Heivy