BAINBRIDGE – An 846-acre cattle ranch located 30 miles northwest of Tallahassee will soon be converted into an elephant sanctuary.
The South Georgia ranch just sold to the Founder of Elephant Aid International, Carol Buckley.
The site plans to be a refuge for elephants recovering from life in captivity and past traumas.
Buckley founded America’s first elephant sanctuary in Tennessee 20 years ago.
Buckley’s realtor says she had been searching for the past 18 months for the perfect piece of land for a new sanctuary project.
The ranch includes a mixture of open pastures, wooded areas, and lakes.
The realtor says work will begin soon on a basic perimeter fence, as well as an elephant-proof barrier fence. Up to ten elephants will eventually be moved onto the property, but that could take another six months or more.
Buckley says the ranch will also be a new home for her elephant of 42 years, Tarra.