Elephant Diary

Guillermina and Pocha Love Mud

As Pocha and Guillermina have been exploring their new world, they have discovered that they love mud. While this might seem like an obvious thing for many elephants, the harsh living conditions of their past make playing in mud and water a new and exciting pastime. Pocha discovered the beauty…...

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EleFact Friday: Safe Spaces To Heal

In our recent updates on Pocha and Guilliermina, we’ve received quite a few questions about whether the two are returning to the barn after their explorations in the yards. We wanted to take the opportunity to not only answer the question, but examine the idea that elephants have “safe spaces”…...

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Pocha, Guille, and Rana At the Mud Wallow

Guillermina and Pocha have been showing an increased interest in interacting with the other elephants at the sanctuary, to different degrees. After their last encounter with Bambi, Mara, and Rana, Pocha spent the following evening searching for them along the fence line. So, when we found Rana in Yard 4,…...

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Guillermina Discovers the Itchy Scratchy Tree

Discovering the “Itchy Scratchy Tree” is somewhat of a rite of passage for elephants who are new to the sanctuary in Brazil. After being so well loved by 7 elephants at this point (and falling victim to a storm), we are amazed that it’s still around to welcome the 8th…...

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Rana and the Hummingbird

For your Sunday Smile, we’re sharing a video of a hummingbird dancing around Rana, as though she were a flower. Hummingbirds have been hanging around the barn almost every day for the past week – but apparently this one wanted to take a moment to kiss Miss Rana’s sweet belly…...

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Pocha and Guillermina Meet Bambi, Mara, and Rana

Now that Pocha and Guillermina have had interactions with Lady and experienced first touches with Maia, we were curious as to how they would react to meeting Bambi, Mara, and Rana – and vice versa. The opportunity presented itself when the three ladies were in Yard 4, neighboring Yard 3,…...

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