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ARE YOU READY?
JOIN US IN WELCOMING ERNA’S FIRST RESIDENT, BO!
Yes – the day we’ve all been waiting for is here!
We are thrilled to announce that Bo, a 34-year-old bull (male) elephant, will become Elephant Refuge North America’s first resident!
WHO IS BO?
Bo is a magnificent elephant in the prime of his life. A star performer with the George Carden Circus, he was born in captivity and is in excellent physical, mental and emotional health, a testament to the care George Carden has given him for three decades.
Bo was castrated when he was five years old (one of a very few castrated bulls alive today) so he has a calm temperament.
Why is Bo coming to ERNA?
George Carden selected ERNA for Bo’s retirement because he wants Bo to have only the best! And we are delighted to comply!
When does Bo arrive?
Bo is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, Sept. 23.
What are Bo’s stats?
He is 10’6” tall, weighs more than 10,000 pounds and the circumference of his front foot is 5’4”.
What’s on ERNA’s to do list before Bo arrives?
We need to import hay for the winter, stock up on dietary supplements, increase our insurance, activate the security and streaming video and security tracking systems at the elephant house, install automatic refilling water troughs in Bo’s habitat, hire new staff and fund other associated costs.
Which brings us to the fence…
Strong fences make good neighbors
We designed the existing habitat fencing for female elephants.
But bulls are larger and stronger! To make ERNA a safe home for Bo, we need to reinforce the habitat fencing with additional steel pipe and install a secondary fence for added security.
AND THAT'S WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Reinforcing Bo’s fence will cost a total of $123,000. A generous donor has already covered the cost ($50,000) of the steel pipe, leaving $73,000 to raise.
Here’s how the balance breaks down:
- $4,000 - labor and equipment to drive steel pipe into the ground
- $720 - 180 bags concrete for steel pipe
- $35,000 - steel top rail to reinforce fencing
- $20,000 - labor to cut pipe and weld caps and top rail
- $1,000 – secondary fence in Bo’s habitat
- $150 - power to elephant house (monthly)
- $2,000 - two 70-gallon elephant-proof, auto refilling water troughs
- $4,500 - plumbing for water troughs
- $500 – internet surveillance/streaming service set- up
- $130 – internet surveillance/streaming service (monthly)
Please help us give Bo the retirement he deserves! Donate now!
We also have a special wish list of things we'll need for Bo. Check Bo's Habitat Wish List for items you can donate.
What Will Life Be Like for Bo?
At ERNA, elephants come first!
Our goal is to give our residents as close to a natural life as is possible in captivity. For Bo that means:
- full autonomy. He chooses where and when he eats, sleeps, bathes and grazes. And when other elephants arrive, he will have the freedom to choose his companions.
- unrestricted access to acres of natural habitat with abundant pastures, forests, ponds and bamboo groves.
- a state-of-the art fully automated elephant house where the door will always be open.
Check out our ERNA overview video to see
the landscape Bo will explore everyday.
Watch our video on ERNA's state-of-the-art Elephant Barn to see where Bo can come inside - if he wants to.