Help Send Billy to Sanctuary
Elephant Guardians has joined with The Kerulos Center (www.kerulos.org) to begin work on opening a new Elephant Sanctuary in the United States. The Sanctuary will be called the All Bull Elephants' Sanctuary (ABES) and will be founded on 10 Principles of Being Sanctuary developed by The Kerulos Center and modeled on the Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. As the name implies, ABES will cater to the needs and trauma recovery of captive bull Elephants such as Billy. To donate to this effort, please click on the DONATE tab above.
Why an all bull sanctuary?
Male elephants (bulls) are misunderstood and abused. Because their hormonal period (musth) is accompanied by natural, increased assertion, bulls are usually chained, isolated, or punished. As a result, they are incorrectly deemed solitary animals who, unlike their wild brothers, are forced to live without companionship.
ABES will create a home for Billy and other bulls suffering in zoos and circuses. It will hold true to Kerulos' 10 Principles of Being Sanctuary (see below). Bulls will be treated respectfully, their dignity restored, and live chain-free even during musth. They will have a lifetime home and the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with other bulls and carers.
10 Principles of Being Sanctuary
Principle 1. Knowing
An environment tailored to Elephants
Knowledge of Elephant natural history, psychology and individual personalities provide the foundation for healthful recovery.
Principle 2. Safety
A space of complete physical
and psychological security
Captive elephants come from harsh, and uncertain environments. Creating a physical, social, and psychological safe space allows Elephants to direct all their energies to healing.
Principle 3. Assurance
Lifelong, consistent care
Elephants can live well into their sixties. A forever home means planning for funds, land, and care in perpetuity for their lifetimes.
Principle 4. Belonging
Cultivating positive relationships
and personal space
Love is the foundation for healing. Through healthy, non-dominating relationships with other Elephants, carers, and the environment, Sanctuary residents find home again.
Principle 5. Parity
A culture of fairness and reciprocity
Parity requires human caregivers to accept and support Elephant needs and aspirations even when they do not always coincide with human timetables and desires.
Principle 6. Being Heard
Listening in to mental
and physical needs
Listening is the opposite of exerting control. It entails paying attention to individual moods and feelings through the eyes and values of an Elephant.
Principle 7. Self-determination
Encourage independence and self- authority
Sanctuary grounds and care are designed to optimize the ability of Elephant residents to be who, where, and how they want to be.
Principle 8. Acceptance
Promoting dignity and freedom
In captive working environments, Elephants are not allowed to express themselves without being punished. A culture of acceptance is theopen embrace of all forms of Elephant self-expression.
Principle 9. Empowerment
Providing opportunities for individuals to put their aspirations into action
Deprivation and abuse are designed to crush individuality and initiative. Being Sanctuary cultivates inner and outer landscapes that re-kindle a sense of self and confidence in the absence of fear.
Principle 10: Trust
Maintaining an absence of threat
and cultivating patience and openness
Healing takes time. When the principles of Being Sanctuary are applied, Elephants begin to relax deeply, to trust themselves and those around them. Trust cultivates inner peace.