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Maia’s Unique Ability

Captivity changes elephants. Even once they arrive at Sanctuary, they can still struggle with complex thinking, problem-solving, and long-distance communication. These skills tend to improve with time, but they don’t seem to develop to the same level that wild elephants are known for having. Maia seems to have a skill…...

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World Elephant Day 2020

World Elephant Day was created in 2011 as a day to honor elephants, spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival. We’ve done a post every year, but it’s a little strange to think about what World Elephant Day…...

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Like The Dog Days of Summer

In the Northern Hemisphere, many people refer to the end of summer as the “dog days of summer.” It’s the time of year when the days are hot, sultry, and long. The expression is originally an astrology reference that dates back to ancient Rome & Greece. Even though our location…...

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Our Little Spitfire. How Far She Has Come.

Lady shares space with Rana and Mara at times, and sometimes, after being around them, she will show up at the barn looking exhausted and like she needs some time to herself. When that happens, we usually close her in the smaller yards (around six acres/2.5 hectares) near the barn…...

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Mara Makes the New York Times!!!

Mara makes the New York Times!!! We are very excited to share this New York Times article about how South America came together, against all the odds, to open the borders for Mara’s relocation to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Although some of our friends have stated that they wished that GSE…...

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Rana’s Growth: Part II

Maia has been visibly trying to temper her “bulldozer” side around Rana and Mara. It seems like she is making genuine overtures for a deeper relationship. We’ve talked about this growth from Maia’s standpoint, but not from Rana’s. Remarkably, Rana has responded to Maia with a welcoming grace. (This is…...

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