Blogs

Mara Peels and Trades a Banana! 😆

Mara peels a banana with her trunk, and politely hands the peel to Kat. Many of you asked for a video of Mara peeling a banana, and others have asked for a video of Mara trading. Delightfully, this video has both. When Mara first arrived, she peeled her bananas, which…...

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Special Things for Maia

With four elephants, and Lady not being ready to share space with Maia, there is a lot of balancing that happens daily. We sometimes call it “musical chairs” or a “round-robin.” Spaces and elephants are shifted to make sure that everyone gets time in all of the yards, and with…...

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A Little Nearby Splish Splashing Didn’t Awaken This Pond Blob

Maia continues to nap on the edge of the ponds, without regard to who is nearby. One recent morning, Maia, Rana, and Mara were spending time relatively close in Yard 4. Unsurprisingly, Maia wandered off to take a nap in the nearby pond. She slept in the shallow area, where…...

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Protected Contact Management

Recently, we have been asked numerous times if we ever ‘pet’ the elephants here at ESB, and it’s a great educational question. The short answer is yes, but only when they initiate and desire the contact. While the question stems from a curiosity about affectionate touch, it also has a…...

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The Many Facets of Maia

Maia is continuing to temper her energy around the other elephants, but that seems to leave her with extra energy. She’s been making us laugh during treatment due to her high energy levels. She doesn’t have a little bit of additional energy – she has lots and lots of extra…...

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Makes Us Happy for Lady

Most days after treatment, the team offers Lady water from the hose before she begins exploring. One recent morning, Lady took water from the hose but didn’t drink it. She filled up her trunk and then let it drip out. She was making a sweet face and had her ears…...

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