Carol Buckley - Elephant Welfare Consultant
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book signing @ National Book Festival - DC

In a huge honor, Tarra & Bella, The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends has been chosen to represent the state of Tennessee at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, September 22-23, 2012.

This annual free festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and held on the National Mall, draws tens of thousands of book lovers who come to hear from their favorite authors and discover new ones.

Carol will be signing books at the Tennessee booth in the Pavilion of the States on Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm.

We hope to see you there!

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book signing @ Parnassus Books - Nashville

Thanks to the continued popularity of Carol's book, Tarra & Bella, The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends, she will be signing books and visiting with fellow animal lovers Saturday, August 18th, at Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville, Tennessee.

We hope to see you there!

click here for the Tennessean's announcement of the event and map to the venue

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May 13, 2016

Hanako's evaluation report

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March 19, 2010

Breaking the silence

On November 21, 2009 I was placed on an involuntary leave of absence. I was told by the Board that some staff had complained that they felt intimidated by my management style. I was instructed not to speak to staff, media or you, the donors. I voiced my concern about the donors not being told of my status as it was the end-of-year giving time. I did not want to be party to the donors being misled. My concerns fell on deaf ears. I hired an attorney because the Board would not communicate directly with me.

On January 19, 2010, I was removed as CEO, President, and Board member. I was offered employment as Director of Global Outreach which would effectively remove me from the Sanctuary; from my on-grounds home of 15 years and my access to the elephants, including Tarra. This job would further restrict me from doing any elephant welfare work in the United States.

Even though the request was made numerous times, the Board refused to mediate. Elephant experts from around the world wrote letters of support asking the Board to reconsider. Among them were Cynthia Moss of Ambosili Trust, Joyce Poole of Elephant Voices, Gay Bradshaw renowned expert in elephant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Will Travers of The Born Free Foundation. Also former Executive Council Emeritus Presidents of The Elephant Sanctuary wrote letters of concern regarding Board action and asking for mediation.  All communications to the Board went unacknowledged.

On March 17, 2010, I was called into the office of Mary Baker, Acting CEO. I was terminated from the Sanctuary.

As you can probably imagine I never thought that this could happen at my beloved Sanctuary that I envisioned, co-founded and built. When I was put on leave, removed as CEO, President and Board member, I was restricted from communicating with donors. These past four months of silence have weighed heavily on me. I had hoped through mediation or some reasonable action the Board would have found a solution.  At this time I feel a moral and ethical responsibility to inform you of the situation. Your support and trust in me has been the life blood of the Sanctuary and for all you have done I am eternally grateful.

Carol Buckley

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March 18, 2010

Dear Friends

Thank you so much for your outpouring of concern and support. Many have inquired about my health; no worries, I am as fit-as-a-fiddle, simply could not be healthier. These past fifteen years have been a dream come true for me. Tarra, my mentor, continues to be my inspiration. Had it not been for Tarra and my deep sense of responsibility to her, The Elephant Sanctuary would not exist. Creating the Sanctuary was my way of ensuring that Tarra would live in an environment where she could flourish. Obviously, that is exactly what has transpired, and not only for Tarra, but for all of her sisters; each finding autonomy, connecting to their elephantness and forming lifelong bonds with each other. I admit, I too saw myself growing old at the Sanctuary with my cherished friends…. but one never know what’s around the corner. Despite the recent news accounts, as of this posting, no final determination has been made regarding my continued relationship with The Elephant Sanctuary. I am in the process of exploring various options and remain confident that all that has recently transpired will ultimately work out for the best.

Over the next many days and weeks I will be developing my web site to include information about my hopes, dreams, travels, and international elephant work. I invite you to join me on this unexpected journey. I hold to the belief that our lives are forever intertwined, that the deep relationships that exist between me and the girls will never be severed. Our hearts vibrate as one, creating the thread of love that joins us, forever.

One World…One Elephant at a Time

Carol Buckley

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