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Elephants in Brazil: First Latin American Refuge for Elephants Opens

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Asian elephant Guida snacks on leaves in the free area of Latin America's first elephant sanctuary in Chapada dos Guimaraes, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

By    |   Friday, 14 Oct 2016 03:38 PM

The first elephant refuge in Latin America is now open in Brazil to provide a safe place for elephants that have spent years performing or otherwise living in captivity.

Maia and Guida, two elephants who are both over 40 and no longer able to perform, are the first to come to the sanctuary, but the owners hope many more elephants will make it home in the years to come, according to The Associated Press.

CEO of Global Sanctuary for Elephants Scott Blais, who opened an elephant sanctuary in Tenessee in 1995, moved to Brazil with his wife two years ago with hopes of creating the sanctuary on donated land. Although using the donated land didn’t pan out, the couple purchased land that suited their purposes.

Cameras will allow students and scientists to observe the elephants without disturbing them. “Having cameras makes it easier to get information about them,” Brazil Elephant Sanctuary president Junia Machado told the AP. “We hope this project inspires other sanctuaries.

Figuring out what to do with elephants as they get older is not easy when their natural habitats are being attacked and they don’t have the skills needed to defend themselves. The sanctuary provides them a place to live in peace but without the risks of being released into the wild where they might be killed.

Sometimes even elephants with a history of being violent or anti-social can turn around when they are brought to a sanctuary. Sissy was labeled a killer when she crushed a zookeeper that was caring for her, but she has lived 16 years in the Tennessee Refuge without problems.

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