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Work can start!

                What a place it is, so diverse, rolling hills, lakes, streams and lush vegetation, an elephant dream!         We started unpacking, and settled fast, even our cat Oz who never had stairs love it the place! She was a Queen in the house. But back to […]

Finally… Elephant Haven has the land!

It was not easy to go on but we were determined to find other, cheaper and if possible better land! And….one day we found it! Our 29-hectare of farmland, with woods, streams and lakes included. But was it a real or were my eyes deceiving me? It was for sale by two real estate agencies. […]

Move to France for Elephant Haven…

Okay, the search for land for Elephant Haven continued… We even went to Tuscany, Italia to see some land but it was too expensive to find a big piece of land. Because we had maybe found an interesting land, we went back to France for a couple of days to visit some potential land. We […]

Wish list

After making a “wish list” what elephants need and like, we started looking for land in Belgium, but very soon we realized that there was not lot’s of land anymore available or it is way too expensive. So we started looking for other destinations to create Elephant Haven and each time France came up in […]

Elephant working systems

Elephant working systems informations In the 5th blog–when Sofie and I went to the Zoo of Rhenen in Holland for a few days to learn more about African elephants–I mentioned the “Protected contact system” and promised to give an elaborate explanation about it. There are 3 ways to work with elephants. No contact system: This […]

Spreading the word

We started to ask people to be in our advisory board. Soon we received replies from renowned elephant people who have experience with captive elephants and elephants in the wild, founders of sanctuaries, zoo keepers and vets. In July 2012 we went to see the Dalai Lama, and in September 2012, Elephant Haven released […]

The African elephants

After informing our friends, colleagues and family, we went on to “create” Elephant Haven. Of course, we both were still working as full time zookeepers at the zoo. I always worked with Asian elephants so experience was needed with African elephants, since Elephant Haven will welcome both species. We keep in contact with other people […]

Launching Elephant Haven

The website and the Facebook page were set up just before we left to launch Elephant Haven at the PAWS elephant summit in March 2012 in Oakland Zoo. Together with Leonie and her husband Barry we started up Elephant Haven. Leonie was the director of “Wilde dieren de tent uit” and Barry IT specialist. Due […]

The Founder’s Syndrome

Because there is no sanctuary for elephants in Europe, we first went to talk to refuges for other animals like birds, foxes, and owls. The first one said it was a stupid idea and not necessary. But luckily we got more advice from other ones. We talked with the studbook keepers of Asian and of […]

Where do we start?

…but where do we start? In 2011 I stayed in Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai in Thailand  for 3 months .  Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary in the North of Thailand where they rescue elephants from the tourist industry, logging industry and landmine victims. After being volunteers there the year before with […]
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