If you don’t know about The Sanctuary, you should definitely check them out: they have recently been recognized by the Tennessee government for the amazing work they do on behalf of elephants everywhere.
In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which is entering its fifteenth year in operation, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2009 as Elephant Awareness Month.
A proclamation signed by Governor Phil Bredesen states: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee continually sets and reaches goals to better the lives of all elephants worldwide.
City and County Proclamations were presented and signed on September 28, 2009 by City Mayor Don Jones and County Mayor Kenneth Turnbow to Sanctuary co-founders Carol Buckley and Scott Blais.
Here’s some of what they’re responsible for:
“After more than a year in quarantine undergoing successful treatment for TB, Misty’s big day finally arrived: she was released to go meet her new herd. What a surprise when Misty realized one of the elephants was an old friend she had not seen since they had performed together in the circus many years ago. Delhi and Misty shared a tender reunion and have been inseparable ever since.”
Dulari & Misty’s first swim:
“For nearly a year they had been walking past this cool body of water (was it a mirage?), but on this hot summer day, Dulary suddenly stopped, looked down at the water, and then ran into the pond, splashing side to side with her trunk. Hearing the commotion, Misty looked down from the top of the hill and immediately joined her sister playing in the water. This was also the first time Misty had gone swimming since arriving at the Sanctuary several years earlier.”
The Sanctuary has a heated barn for cold winter nights –
“Listen to ex-circus elephants Minnie, Lottie, Queenie, Ronnie, Debbie, Frieda, Liz and Billie at The Elephant Sanctuary when they get a late-night barn party going.”
And here are the inseparable friends Tarra and Bella, for the day’s interspecies goodness: