Gaucho (“Huaso”)

Gaucho spent most of his life jailed in a small barren circus trailer. He underwent brutal training and was found malnourished and living in appalling conditions. His paws had been mutilated when his claws were removed.

Gaucho was born in approximately 2003 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 27-10-2009.

Gaucho’s rescue was made possible by SAG (the Chilean Agricultural Department). Gaucho was housed temporarily in Buin Zoo in Chile while awaiting his relocation.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services ( and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Gaucho has been adopted by:

  • Nina & Kim Olav Fjeldheim (FOR LIFE)
  • van Wyngaardt Family (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Anja Vaillant Passepartout Fotografie (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Slotboom
  • Sigrid Verlinden
  • Skytem – Africa
  • Susan & Scott McGregor (FOR LIFE)
  • Laurence Loviat
  • Inga Gerlinger – Germany (FOR LIFE)
  • Syrelle Lujan
  • Claudia & Oliver (FOR LIFE)
  • Emily & Toby Roper
  • Monica Judge
  • Roger Weibel & Daniela Brunner
  • R, D, A & S Mermet
  • Marisa Besteiro
  • Joe Brannan & & Hilary Kemble
  • John & Joy Lockley
  • Virginia, Soletha & Cameron Golding
  • Karin & Ton Schacknat (FOR LIFE)
  • Lara & Wendelien