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By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elephants Reunited After 20 Years ~ a former circus elephant, after decades of living in a zoo, without the company of other elephants, is transported to an elephant sanctuary. There she encounters a former circus friend from twenty years earlier.
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Hi, Jean Robb here. As many of you already know I work with lots of different sanctuaries. Although I have not had the chance to go to "The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee" I'm a big supporter of what they do and the results they have with there elephants. The video above is just one of the many beautiful stories you'll find at the sanctuary. The earlier story I did had the sweet story of Bella and Tara. The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It is a non-profit organization, licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and accredited by the Association of Sanctuaries, designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. Utilizing more than 2700 acres, it provides three separate and protected, natural-habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. Our residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants. Please help this great sanctuary, continue the loving care they provide for all the elephants like Shirley.

I would like to become a "Friend" of The Elephant Sanctuary
When you become a friend of The Elephant Sanctuary, you will receive our newsletters for one year. And, of course, the great feeling of knowing that you are truly giving the gift of life to some very sacred souls.


For twenty-five years, the NATURE series has awed us, enlightened us and delighted us in our own living rooms. There are episodes that remind us that we do in fact share the same world with all of these creatures, even if our relationship with nature often puts us at odds with it. In one film a former circus elephant, after decades of living in a zoo, without the company of other elephants, is transported to an elephant sanctuary. There she encounters a former circus friend from twenty years earlier. They caress one another with their trunks, trumpeting frantically until the barrier between their cages is removed so that they can be together. No, elephants never do forget.

Born: 1948
Birth status:
wild born
• Captured from the wild: 1953
• Life before the Sanctuary: performed for thirty years with the Carson and Barnes Circus, then lived at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for another twenty-three years
• Reason for coming to the Sanctuary: crippled and living alone
• Shirley moved to the Elephant Sanctuary July 6, 1999
Height: Nearly 9 feet
Weight: 9200 lbs.
Favorite Food: Apples
Shirley is our oldest elephant, wild caught in Sumatra over fifty years ago.
Her back right leg was broken thirty years ago when she was attacked by a fellow circus elephant. She is missing a large section of her right ear as result of a fire which not only injured her ear but also left several scars on her back, side and feet.

Hohenwald, Tennessee (June 9, 1999) - Shirley, a rare Asian elephant who has spent most of her life entertaining audiences all over the world, will retire July 6 to the Elephant Sanctuary, the nationally renowned, natural-habitat pachyderm refuge located in Hohenwald, TN.
"We're overjoyed that after such a storied career Shirley will be joining our other elephants," said Carol Buckley, founder and executive director of The Elephant Sanctuary. "Yet, making way for her arrival will be both emotionally and financially demanding."
"The transport and care of an elephant like Shirley doesn't come cheap" she adds. "We'll need the help of our supporters and volunteers, as well as new sources, to provide a seamless transition to this new chapter of Shirley's life."
Shirley was fifty-one when she was retired to The Elephant Sanctuary. She has quite a colorful past. At age five, she was captured from the wilds of Asia and was purchased by the Kelly–Miller Circus. In 1958, while the circus was traveling through Cuba, Fidel Castro seized power. Shirley and the entire circus were held captive by Castro's forces for several weeks before being set free. Unfortunately that was not the end of Shirley's saga. A few years later, her circus ship was docked in Nova Scotia, when a fire broke out in the engine room. This incident caused the ship to sink, killing two animals. Luckily, Shirley was rescued without harm.
Story and photos about the ship fire in Nova Scotia.
In 1975, at age twenty-eight, while performing for the Lewis Brothers Circus, Shirley was attacked by another elephant. Her right hind leg was seriously broken. It was not set and healed poorly, causing everyday life to be somewhat difficult. Regardless of her injury Shirley was forced to perform in the circus for nearly two more years before being sold to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, LA.
Usually female elephants live in-groups, but for safety concerns related to her injury, Shirley was kept apart and lived alone at the zoo for twenty-two years. According to the Sanctuary Founding Director Carol Buckley, the Zoo was generous to Shirley by providing her with a loving environment, but the time came when the Zoo felt Shirley could lead a healthier life in a natural habitat. That is when the Zoo contacted The Elephant Sanctuary.
"We knew we could trust The Elephant Sanctuary to offer Shirley the kind of life she deserves," explained The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo Director, Jake Yelverton. "It was in Shirley's best interest to retire her to a place that was more suitable."
"It goes to show after everything Shirley has been through, what survivors these animals really are," said Buckley.
Shirley moved to the Sanctuary July 6, 1999 joining Tarra, Jenny and Barbara, the three residents.

Welcome to the Sanctuary!
September 9, 2003
This dear note was sent by a three year old after he met Shirley on our site.
Dear Shirley:
I will give you ice cream on a plate.
I will give you one motorcycle. ONLY ONE!
I will kiss you on your ear.

Love Cyrus

Shirley's Photo Album
Is it really YOU? Shirley and Jenny together again!
Jenny and Shirley were both at the same circus when Jenny was a calf and Shirley was in her twenty's. They lived one winter together then were separated twenty-two years ago. It is very rare for elephants to display this kind of emotion in captivity, and it's probably the first time such a thing has been documented on film.
Carol Buckley, Sanctuary Director, describes their reunion.
"Jenny came into the barn for the first time since Shirley's arrival at around 7:00 p.m. There was an immediate urgency in Jenny's behavior. She wanted to get close to Shirley who was divided by two stalls. Once Shirley was allowed into the adjacent stall the interaction between her and Jenny became quite intense. Jenny wanted to get into the stall with Shirley desperately.She became agitated, banging on the gate and trying to climb through and over.
After several minutes of touching and exploring each other, Shirley started to ROAR and I mean ROAR—Jenny joined in immediately. The interaction was dramatic, to say the least, with both elephants trying to climb in with each other and frantically touching each other through the bars. I have never experienced anything even close to this depth of emotion".
Hello, Old Friend

Together Forever!
And then, they went outside...Let me show you where we live!
The story from Carol continues:
"We opened the gate and let them in together....they are as one bonded physically together. One moves, and the other shows in unison. It is a miracle and joy to behold. All day yesterday (July 7) they moved side by side and when Jenny lay down, Shirley straddled her in the most obvious protective manner and shaded her body from the sun and harm. This relationship is intense and resembles that of mother and daughter. We are so blessed.
Last night, July 7th, they stayed out together—a first for Jenny. It was beautiful. Scott and I brought out their PM and AM groceries and they are as content as two peas in a pod!!! The joy in this sacred valley is almost overwhelming."
A new path, a new life.
Here We Come!
Just wait till we get to the pasture!
Don't Worry. I'm here.
And there's creeks, and blackberries, and grapevines... and...
Someone who will watch over me...
It's Home, Now
Shirley continues to enjoy life at the Sanctuary. She and Jenny are still inseparable and the best of buddies, whether in the field or in the pond.
In the Pond.
What do you see, Shirley?
What do you see, Shirley? Friends who love you and a place to be free!
The First Day of the Rest of Her Life...
Shirley Discovers the Creek

Update from The Elephant Sanctuary on the outstanding continued care of the elephants!
Dear Jean,
Thank you for the wonderful article,  any opportunity to tell the Stories of our Girls to new readers helps to educate the public and raise support for the Sanctuary’s ongoing care of our elephants.  Since you showed such a great interest in the Sanctuary I wanted to make sure that you are aware that Scott Blais and Carol Buckley no longer employees of the Sanctuary.

Scott Blais, Co-Founder and former Director of Operations, announced his resignation this past September after 16 years of dedication to The Sanctuary and to the 24 elephants he helped rescue and cared for in the role of VP of Operations.  Scott continues to support the Sanctuary  on a consultancy basisSee Scott’s Statement regarding his departure. The Sanctuary recently announced the hiring of new directors, including Dr. Susan Mikota, world renown elephant expert as the Dir. of Veterinary Care and Steve Smith, Director of Husbandry, to talk over for Scott’s myriad of responsibilities.  To read about the new directors please see our recent Press Release.

Carol Buckley, Co-Founder and former CEO, was dismissed from her position as CEO in March of 2010. In the fall of 2010, Ms. Buckley filed suit against the Elephant Sanctuary for wrongful termination, requesting multiple demands.  Our response to Ms. Buckley’s lawsuit was filed with the courts in February of 2011, is a matter of public record and is available on our website at:  The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Files Response to Lawsuit by Former CEO

All of the staff here at The Sanctuary, including our new CEO, Rob Atkinson, (see the press release announcing Rob’s arrival) are committed to the mission of taking care of each of our Girls here at The Sanctuary and any others that find sanctuary here in the future.  Your support through the posting of the story of Shirley and Jenny helps ensure more rescues and reunions, such as theirs, are possible in the future.


Ellen Arledge
Gift Shop Coordinator/
Communications & Service
The Elephant Sanctuary

Contact The Elephant Sanctuary

Mailing Address:
The Elephant Sanctuary
P. O. Box 393
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Delivery Address:
804 Darbytown Rd.
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Tel: (931) 796-6500
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