A Post-Fire View of the Elephants’ Positive Impact on the Environment

The rainy season is off to a normal start, which is a beautiful thing. It’s incredible how quickly everything is changing day to day with much-needed rain. It’s raining at least a little bit each day, and sometimes a few times a day. Everything and everyone here seems to be…...

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Maia and Bambi’s Barrier-Free Introduction

With everything that has gone on lately, one of our mini elephant introductions slipped through the cracks. Maia was the first elephant to be introduced to Bambi without a barrier between them. Although Maia is generally not the first elephant we would do this with, we try to allow the…...

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Bambi’s Skin at the Zoo and Now at Sanctuary

When we first met Bambi at the zoo on September 17th, Bambi had a considerable amount of old skin built-up on her forehead, ears, legs, belly, and even vulva. This was a result of years of not being bathed (we were told she did not like water) or given access…...

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A Full-On-Silly-Maia Event

After Maia spent time with Rana and Mara earlier this week, she seemed a bit more grounded (We talked about this a little in yesterday’s post). A day or two later, Scott and Kat came upon caregiver Shirlei in the road, standing on her four-wheeler looking into the habitat. They…...

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Maia in the Aftermath of the Fire

Others who have dealt with wildfires like this before have shared their experiences with us. Many said they didn’t start processing what happened until well after the danger passed. That’s true for many traumas; you get through the event, and then, much later, you feel the feelings you expected to…...

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Lady’s Request

Lady was content to stay near the barn (and all the other elephants) during the fire. The day after the fire, Lady was ready to leave the smaller yards by the barn. She is an elephant who is clear in her desires, and when she is interested in going into…...

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