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Why elephant haven?

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  • More and more European countries are banning wild animals in circuses.

  • There are more than 100 elephants in circuses in Europe.

  • We want to help because relocating them back to their country of origin is not always possible, while creating a safe haven for them is possible.

  • There is a need for elephant sanctuaries in Europe.

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Our mission

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  • To offer elephants a place for life

  • The resocialisation and rehabilitation of elephants.

  • To develop informative programmes about elephants and their behaviour, in captivity and in the wild.

  • To develop educational programmes about the local fauna and flora.

  • To encourage a re-connection with nature and with all her creatures, to raise awareness and respect for the environment

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Our principles

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  • Elephant Haven stands for respect for animals, humans and nature.

  • The elephants at Elephant Haven will be provided space and tranquility.

  • The elephants should not be chained or restrained.

  • The interaction between the caregivers and the elephants is based on "protected contact”, using only positive training methods.

  • Elephant Haven will not breed the elephants.

  • When making decisions during both the construction phases and daily operations, we take a sustainable, "green" approach into account, as much as possible, to protect the environment and conserve nature.

  • Volunteers and visitors may observe the elephants but will have no direct contact with them.