Wednesday 08 June 2016 | 20

Coming soon… an elephant sanctuary in Europe!

The elephants will soon have their European sanctuary, in France! Thanks to the partnership and support of One Voice, the Elephant Haven refuge is taking the big step, opening its doors to the first elephants in the beginning of 2017…

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One Voice was entrusted with Vicky in 2006, rescued from a circus, and they transferred her into a Polish zoo that takes in animals in need. But the pachyderm problem is ongoing. Rescue them, yes, but where can they be homed? In 2013, the same dilemma arose with Samba, a circus fugitive who had killed a man whilst running away. At that point in time, Elephant Haven was unable to help.

One Voice's president, Muriel Arnal says, "There is an increasing citizen uprising against circuses with wild animals. The local authorities have taken this on board and a growing number of municipalities are refusing them. It is the right time to organise this type of sanctuary, already in place in the United States, and also in India created by One Voice with Wildlife SOS. Sofie and Tony have turned the dream into reality here with this project. We are really excited to see the first elephant reach the sanctuary!"

Tony? Tony Verhulst. With fifteen years of full time experience looking after elephants at the zoo d'Anvers from 1993, the Elephant Haven idea was born thanks to his passion and his knowledge. Sofie Goetghebeur worked at Anvers Zoo at the same time as Tony, and, like Tony, she was deeply affected by the state of certain captive elephants that she came across during her career. The solution was clear to them: open the first elephant sanctuary in Europe.

Elephant Haven will be constructed at Bussière-Galant, in the Haute-Vienne region, 400km south of Paris

On gently rolling hills, the haven comprises of 28 hectares of agricultural land, which will expand even more in the future. The Haven's ambition is to offer a safe haven to elderly elephants, tired from a life in the circus or isolated in a forgotten zoo. They will be able to discover a calm and sociable existence until the end of their days on this undulating property scattered with small woods. The elephants of course will be unrestricted, free to roam without chains or training. The public will be invited to view them, but only at a distance, with no contact allowed. There is no reproduction programme in mind, the aim being to accommodate as many elephants as possible without creating a zoo.

Upon the announcement of the One Voice partnership, Tony exclaimed on the social networks, "We are happy to announce that, thanks to One Voice, we have taken a big leap towards creating an elephant refuge in Europe! We and the elephants thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"

As for Sofie, she had this to say, "Very happy about the partnership with One Voice! We can do so much working together… And together, we will see the first elephants arrive at the beginning of next year!"

Thanks to the One Voice partnership with Elephant Haven, we hope that, soon, Samba will walk side by side with Betty or Syndha in the Limousin plains, shaking their ears in happiness…

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Isa | Monday 06 March 2017

Belle initiative - j'aimerais savoir à quel stade de réalisation elle est à présent.

Roxie | Saturday 15 October 2016

Bonjour, c'est une très bonne nouvelle!!! Bravo!!!
Si ce centre compte proposer des missions d'écovolontariat pour les soutenir, je serais très intéressée!!!
Je vous souhaite bon courage et beaucoup de réussite dans ce beau projet!!

Jessica | Sunday 25 September 2016

Bonjour, c'est super génial de lire une telle bonne nouvelle, ces animaux pourront couler une retraite paisible. :-)))
Je souhaite également dans un avenir proche (je l'espère) ouvrir un refuge pour animaux donc cela me remplit de joie de lire ceci.

J'ai également une question concernant les labels One Voice, sur le site d'Aroma Zone, ils affichent le label mais lorsque je consulte la liste sur votre site il ne sont pas répertoriés. Est-ce que quelqu'un peut me confirmer qu'Aroma Zone est certifié One Voice ?? Merci de votre réponse.

One Voice | Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bonjour, le label est attribué aux produits et non à la marque entière. Mais de nombreux produits Aromazone sont en effet certifiés. Vous pouvez normalement les retrouver en consultant la liste des produits labellisés en suivant ce lien : Vous pouvez également utiliser la fonction recherche disponible au-dessus de la liste pour ne voir que les produits de la marque Aromazone.
N'hésitez pas à nous contacter par téléphone si vous rencontrez le moindre problème :) Bien cordialement

matanière | Friday 12 August 2016


Vraiment c'est très bien ce que vous faites tous et toutes. Moi-même je fais partie de plusieurs associations : je ne suis plus sur le terrain mais j'aide avec des dons pour soigner, sauver, etc, selon mes moyens.

Je vous souhaite l'aboutissement pour vous et nos amis pour un lieu digne pour des êtres vivants et très attachants. A bientôt et un grand merci pour votre dévouement pour cette cause.

Bien à vous, Martine GAUFRETEAU,