Ramba worked for many decades at a circus, being transported from city to city in a small container. In 1997, she was confiscated from the Las Tatchuelas Circus by the Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile, but stayed with the circus without performing. In January of 2012 she was transported to the Safari Park of Rancagua, which accepted the request from Ecopolis to offer her a provisory shelter. Scott and Kat Blais, today Directors of the Santuário de Elefantes Brasil (SEB), went to Chile as consultants to make her move to the park.
The winter in Chile is always really hard for Ramba, with temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius during the night, for three months per year. Some elephants can tolerate the cold better than others, but Ramba has difficulties to remain warm and shivers a lot when the temperature drops. The temperature of the the Rio da Casca Region, Chapada dos Guimaraes, where SEB is located, is pleasant and similar to the natural habitats of the Asiatic and African elephants.
Due to the location of the Safari Park, in Rancagua, Chile, behind the Andes mountain range, we will have to bring Ramba by plane.
The transportation box has already been built by SEB, for the transport of Maia and Guida in 2016, but we will have to rebuild the ceiling, reducing its height in 10 cm, so it can fit on the plane. Next, we will send it by truck to the Safari Park, so Ramba can get used to the transportation box and stay there comfortably. During this adaptation process, food and water are offered inside the box, so the elephant can come in and out whenever it wants. The time of this process will depend solely on Ramba – Maia and Guida, for example, took only 3 days. But every elephant is unique and we respect each other’s adaption time.
On the day of the travel, the box will be hoisted by a crane, being placed inside a transport cart and taken by land for 97 km until the Santiago Airport, where she will board on plane. In Brazil, Ramba will be transported in a truck to SEB, in Rio da Casca – Chapada dos Guimaraes, MT, always escorted by our team and the Federal Highway Police.
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Caixa Econômica Federal (banco nº 104)
Agência: 1813 – Faria Lima, SP
Conta Corrente: 00018596-0
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We estimate that the total cost for Ramba’s transportation will be around R$800,000.00 (U$250,000.00). Ramba starts with R$50,000.00 donated by Amarula, from their “The Elephants Rescue” campaign.
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