Help Send Billy to Sanctuary

Elephant Guardians has joined with The Kerulos Center ( 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.

                A zoo is no place for Elephants!

               A zoo is no place for Elephants!

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.