A Simple Moment at Sanctuary

In this video, Bambi and Mara are calmly grazing and also eating food that we’ve placed around the habitat for them to find. It’s morning and they’ve just gotten a bug spray treatment – and you can hear the birds singing in the distance. Eventually, Rana walks out from the brush to join them. 

Because the bugs are prevalent this time of year (as we’ve mentioned), Mara decides to give herself a little extra protection from bites by dusting herself. You can see how her trunk forms a circle in the dirt as she uses her nose to pick it up and toss it on herself. 

These moments represent the beauty of sanctuary, the simple and uneventful mornings and afternoons that we hope for each day. One of the best things we can offer the elephants is an environment where they can do what they want – even if what they want to do is just be. These brief few minutes are a window into the beauty of sanctuary life – the choice to be calm and in the moment, if that’s what they choose to do. It’s a pleasure for us to witness.


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    Melinda says

    I love me some happy, ellie, sanctuary campers!
    Happy Holidays to the ellies and human angels at GSB!

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Un lugar de luz calma y serena donde ser felices para siempre.La suerte de Mara Bambi Rana Guille Maia y Lady y muy pronto sea para Tamy Kenia Cuqui y Pupi 😍🐘🐘🐘🐘…….🙏❤️

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    Pam says

    Is there anything more beautiful than watching these contented elephants enjoying their natural environs? Hard to imagine …

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    Maureen says

    This type of peacefulness makes my heart happy!

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    Tracy H says

    Love them all. Merry Christmas to all the lovely Eles and everyone at GSB.

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    Carey says

    Agree with Alejandra Enquin. I know you’re waiting for paper work, so not saying anything against you there. I am desperately worried about Tamy, just needed to share =(.
    His sudden loss of his “company” now the possibility that he may have TB, and the lack of movement by Ecoparque Mendoza in training him. It was years ago now that we fundraised for Tamy’s Tomorrows, I remember because dear Mary Taylor was still with us and working her but off for him. Ho hum. Thank you for the video.

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      Sara says

      We know it’s a frustrating situation. We also hope that things with the other elephants will happen sooner rather than later. Tamy is in our thoughts often.

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    Wim says

    May it feel like the paradise it looks from a far.
    Peaceful and happy holidays and thank you for another special GSE year.

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