Bambi Leads More Nighttime Parties

We’ve talked about the raucous parties that Bambi, Mara, and Rana have been throwing at nighttime, always seeming to be instigated by Bambi.




The three of them often begin around 10pm and go for a couple of minutes until everyone is awake and rumbly. 

On a recent night, we heard the typical wakeup call from Bambi. She tends to sound off with two or three loud roars. Usually after two, Rana will wake up, and after three, Rana is joining the chorus with her trumpets. All of this eventually wakes Mara up and she starts squeaking. But this time, Bambi had made about five calls and got no response; all we heard was Bambi – and then silence.

One of the benefits of having on-site housing is that we can hear when something is different so, at this point, we are now listening closely. Bambi started roaring incredibly loudly after she didn’t hear either of her friends respond. The other two were either ignoring her or in a deep sleep, and Bambi was adamant about someone joining her. Eventually, Rana did wake up but may have still been a bit sleepy because, instead of her usual loud trumpet, she made a quiet, baby trumpet sound. The two of them were vocalizing back and forth and eventually Rana turned up the volume to match Bambi’s, but Mara still wasn’t responding. Scott and Kat were about to go check on the three of them when Mara finally piped up with a little squeak. Of course, at that point, everyone started rumbling and all three elephants were very noisy with a longer squeak fest from Miss Mara. Our guess is that Mara was even deeper asleep than Rana and it took some extra encouragement to wake her up. Regardless, Bambi, Mara, and Rana all seemed thrilled to continue their nightly tradition.

Photo: Rana and Bambi, spending some time together before the evening’s festivities


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    Cintia Abney says

    That’s my Bambi.. She is very serious about night parties 😂❤️❤️❤️

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    When GSE has MORE available cash, have you considered installing a sound recording system, plus MORE cameras, to watch the trails and corrals in real time? Maybe even some cameras that would be live on your website, so people could watch the world over?

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      Sara says

      We have considered lots of things, but getting live videos or audio is almost impossible unless we get a stronger signal here. Unless we are at the barn, it’s hard to get much in the way of those things. Also, the elephants wander so often and the habitats are so large that video would not have much to show, other than silence. But it’s definitely something we’ve considered. At the moment, our funds are dedicated toward elephant care and expansion efforts.

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    Carol says

    We would love to hear this concert…or should I say, operetta!

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      Sara says

      It’s difficult to get a recording of, since it generally happens when no one is around.

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    Katie Howard says

    The Uber-embodiment of “Party Animals”! 🤣

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    John says

    Things are a little different here than at the zoo, hey Bambilicious?

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    Camilla says

    LMAO, I wonder how Rana and Mara feel about being woken up every night by the resident night party girl Miss Bambi. So great to hear all about all the girls, so fascinating.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Friendship is a wonderful thing and these ladies are enjoying theirs! This post is such a blessing to us all–thank you for all you do for the ladies and other creatures!

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