For this EleFact Friday, we thought we’d address some of the questions we often get about the elephants’ relationships (or lack thereof) with other animals around the sanctuary. From wildlife to furry friends, we have no shortage of critters running around, in and out of the habitats. While the elephants do share space with many animals, it’s not often that there’s any direct interaction. Some of you may remember Bambi’s run-in with George, and we do try to share about similar interactions we get to witness.
Because elephants are herbivores, they do not prey on smaller animals and, due to their size, they don’t seem to be a target of any predatory species that may be around the sanctuary. We also know that elephants are extremely compassionate animals, with the mental and emotional ability to experience empathy and self-awareness. Studies have also shown that Asian elephants in particular have the ability to recognize when others are in distress and occasionally offer comforting gestures or vocalizations to both animals and humans.
As far as sanctuary goes, we enjoy getting to watch how the girls interact with each other and the other animals they encounter. This video shows Molly sharing some space with Mara and Rana, and everyone seems to be enjoying their time and respecting each other. This is what sanctuary is all about: harmonious relationships between everyone.