Elephant Alarm Clocks

One of the charming things about living up the hill from the elephant habitat is the fact that you can catch the sounds of elephants rustling in the grass and – most excitingly – trumpet parties and silliness. Sometimes it’s just soft background noise and other times it can be a full surround-sound experience. 

There was something particularly exciting going on with the girls one recent morning, because you could hear lots of lighthearted play coming from the pasture. There were plenty of vocalizations: big trumpets, and long, deep rumbles. You could hear Guillermina joining in with the rest of the girls, which we haven’t heard much of since Pocha’s passing. It was certainly an endearing thing to wake up to – a special kind of Brazilian sanctuary alarm clock. 

Although we didn’t capture a video of this moment, the photo shows a cute moment between Bambi, Mara, and Rana, enjoying their time together.

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    Alana says

    Love the new Advent calendar, so far I’ve gotten 1 right!

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    Zelmira Julianes says

    I would love to be waken up with the elephant-rooster-deeprumbles-trumpets-squeaks coming from these beatiful and magnificent girls … <3 <3 <3 specially coming from Mara and Guille … are they the most talkative ones?

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      Sara says

      Bambi generally makes the most vocalizations. Rana also makes lots of rumbles

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    Zoi Flores says

    That’s to live in heaven!

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    Polly Weber says

    They all look so happy and engaged! Lovely to see.

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    Melinda says

    I just love hearing about the ellie parties! And it’s even better now that G is joining in!

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    Ercelia Garcia says

    Any news yet about the test results on Guillermina and the other girls.

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      Sara says

      Not yet. The tests take some time to complete.

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    John says

    Hearing about all the things that go on at all hours – makes me wonder if elephants can see in the dark?

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    Carey says

    Lovely, thank you Sara

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Oh, the bliss of listening in on their private parties!! What a happy thing to wake up to, no matter how early!

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    Melissa says

    Sounds heavenly! How is Billie? I adopted her.
    Thank you for your care of these precious animals.

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      Sara says

      Billie is an elephant at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, which we’re not affiliated with. But I’m sure they’d let you know if you asked!

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