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The first elephant sanctuary in Latin America is set to open soon in Brazil.

Scott Blais, co founder of The Elephant Sanctuary, one of the biggest elephant sanctuaries in the United States, has chosen Brazil to open another sanctuary due to the excellent weather conditions and vast ‘jungle-like’ territories.

“Brazil is ideal. Thank to its weather, we won’t have to build any structure to protect them from the cold during the winter,” said Blais.

With the help of Elephant Voices, Blais is planning to fence some 600 ha and home about 40 rescued elephants from other Latin American countries.

With elephant populations rapidly declining throughout the world due to illegal poaching, Blais believes this type of sanctuaries will be the last places ‘these big, sensitive and intelligent’ animals will be found.

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