Scott Blais, the co-founder of The Elephant Sanctuary in TN is leaving the sanctuary effective November 30. What a shock! The elephants love him so......he has truly been the elephant whisperer...
This truly is a SHOCK ...
Whatever your new venture in life is Scott, I wish you all the luck and happiness in the World. You will be missed terribly by all the staff at TES including all of Our Beloved Elephants .... and us... with all our love
always and forever,
the Blu'AbbeyCat family
a sad day indeed is coming...
Awww, say it ain't so!
Thank you, Scott, for assisting with the 'dream'... a safe haven for elephants. I wish you well in the new chapter of your life.
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He did so much hard work for the elephants & put in long hours doing it. Most of all .... I hope he is ok.
And thank you Scott for teaching us all so much & taking such good care of all our beloved elephants. I have appreciatted it.
Much love & good wishes to you !!!!!!!
I'm sure all the animals will miss Scott's gentle kindness. They all loved him.
Where is Scott going to now?
I will be a little less diplomatic than most and just come out and say what I'm thinking. I wonder what really happened, after reading the post I can't help but wonder if there wasn't some major disagreement between him and Carol. Why else would you leave something so succesful and being a partner and such a important part for so long. The post really didn't say anything which is usaually when there is alot left unsaid. My best wishes to Scott in whatever he will be doing next with his many gifts and talents! Good luck and God bless you Scott.
Maybe he is ill ....
I would like to think that he is going somewhere to help the elephants even more. The USDA is getting so much publicity for what they are/aren't doing for the eles, that maybe they offered him a position.
Geez! Wow! This is a Shock! I agree with you John that we are not getting the whole story. What in the world does "It is now time to move ahead on my journey, enabling others to continue the work that has been started"? And Carole says "leadership transition" will not affect the animal care, what the heck? Do you think she really means it when she says "If you have further questions about this transition do not hesitate to contact me or Kate Elliot", cuz I sure do have "further questions.
I say, go for it, Eden. This certainly is shocking news and very sad news. I wish something could be done to prevent it from happening.
I think TES is trying to hire 3 new people to do Scott's job. They are trying to hire a curator, lead Asian elephant caregiver and operations manager which, I believe, were the hats that Scott wore.
Anybody hear anything new on this, I'm very curious.
Well, I am going to just ask the obvious. Were these two a couple?????? That would explain a lot. His departure seems really quick so something is up.
Instead of speculation about what is going on we should be grateful that he was there to work with the noble creatures. We should also wish Scott the best on his journey. Thank you Scott for your kindness and love of the eles.
What can one say about Scott that hasnt already been said. He has been such a force, wearing many hats, showing his many talents and his love. The sanctuary has been built, there will always be more to do, maintenance and some modifications here and there. But for the most part, the sanctuary is built. Everything needed to run an elephant sanctuary is in place. Carol and Scott have done a commendable job. He has given it his all, and deserves the respect of all of us to accept this change. It may take 3 people to fill Scotts position, and so be it. Scott wont be around forever, nor will Carol, I wish they could, but we all have a set time limit here. The sanctuary needs to learn how it will be operated after our era, and Scotts leaving is a baby step towards that. Change happens for a reason. Carol and Scott have created such a special place, a great sanctuary for elephants. He has earned the right for us to respect his decision and he does not need us meddling into his affairs. I thank Scott for his fine work in Tennessee.
I agree that only Scott can make the best decision for himself and his life's journey. He has done a phenomenal job helping to create this heaven on earth for elephants. It will be very hard to find people who will do what he did and as well as he did them. And he truly loves all the animals at the sanctuary. God bless you, Scott.
I simply cannot imagine TES without Scott!!
No speculation or gossip, just curious. He is a public figure and there are only two sanctuaries in the entire USA so some of us are curiuos as I am. It isn't that there are many places to go in his specialty and I can't believe that he wouldn't want to continue to use his talents with elephants. I don't want to start some war here as we all love elephants but there is a big difference in the philosophy between the way TES and PAWS are run and that's why I (we) wonder.
No one thinks you're trying to "start a war here", John. I certainly don't. It's normal to be curious about something like this. It's such a shock.
Wow, i have been away and just saw this ... TES without Scott is going to be really different... he was able to get the girls to be calm and take their footbaths and meds so gently.
Sooo many questions, so many emotions, I hope we hear something more soon.
Blessings for Scott, all affected and the eles
After a good deal of soul searching, I decided not to email Carole to ask any questions. Whatever has happened to cause Scott to make this decision has to have been very significant and I believe that if they don't want to say anything else about it at this time, we should just wait. I'm sure that when they've sorted it all out, they'll make an announcement. I'm also sure that Carole and Scott know that everyone is curious, and when the time is right, they'll tell us what they decide we need to know. I'm going to give this all the good energy that I can with hopes that he is going to do something even greater for the elephants, love your idea Cathy that maybe he's going to be a consultant for the USDA and if he was still working at TES that would be a conflict of interest. If that's not the case, I will just accept that this decision was not made lightly and wish him the very best in his future.
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John, I didn't know that TES and PAWS had different philosophies. Is it that PAWS allows some public interaction and TES pretty much does not? Would you please tell me more?
That is one difference, but PAWS prides itself as an animal rights group as well, while TES in its own words is a "soft option" for captive elephants.
This post was modified from its original form on 17 Nov, 18:14