The adventure began on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., when they left forever the grave they occupied in the Mendoza Ecopark: Pocha, the mother, was there for about 50 years and Guillermina, the daughter, 23, all her life. It was their caregivers who ensured that during the days of travel they remain cared for and in constant contact.
Humberto Mingorance, Secretary of the Environment of Mendoza, traveled to the place to receive the elephants and confirm firsthand that they are happy. The official arrived in the city of Cuiabá, in Mato Grosso, at dawn this Thursday, and from there he went to the Elephant Sanctuary (SEB) located in a town 60 kilometers away, in the middle of the jungle.
The audacity of moving and planning a better life for them began four years ago and finally today at noon it ended, hence both Mingorance and the caretakers of Pocha and Guillermina wanted to be present, it was a lot of time shared with the animals and it was hard to let go.
For the transfer to be successful, careful and with much love, the elephants began a quarantine and training to enter the containers of their own free willwhich arrived in the last weeks of March 2021.
The boxes weigh about 5 tons, measure 5 meters long, 2 meters wide and 3.20 meters high and were approved by Senasa. Inside they have a camera to monitor them and be able to verify their status constantly.
Since the start, the trucks have stopped every three hours so that the veterinary team and caretakers can feed them. Finally, the moment of the departure of the elephants was followed live by thousands of people who connected to the SEB broadcastsfrom Proyecto ELE -Strategies for the Liberation of Elephants, the campaign of the Franz Weber Foundation- and the governor also shared it on his Twitter account.
Now mother and daughter will be quarantined for a few days to get to know their new home, and then they will be integrated with the others, including the elephant Mara who has lived there since May 14, 2020.