Elephant Diary

Lady’s Party of One

Some people often wonder if, because Lady chooses not to share space with the other elephants, she gets sad or lonely. Our sense is that this isn’t the case. We feel certain that she communicates with her herd mates in her own unique manner and she most definitely has ways…...

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Bambi’s Synchronized Ear Flaps

On this particular afternoon, Bambi was sharing the yard with her friends, but was also taking some time to herself – to graze and relax. You can see her big, beautiful ears flapping rhythmically and in a synchronized way. This is to keep cool and make sure that bugs stay…...

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Bambi’s Big Reward

This week, Bambi was having some basic training done along the fence – and had an excellent session. As part of the protected contact positive reinforcement training we do with all of the girls at the sanctuary, to allow for foot care and any needed medical treatments, we offer the…...

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Rainy Morning Meeting

Some mornings are just a delight, for humans and elephants. During our breakfast check-in with the girls, we met them at a rainy moment. Rana, Mara, and Bambi were cheerfully muddy and soaked. (The humans were happy for the rain, but not quite as elated to be drenching wet.) As…...

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Guillermina is Finding Balance

Guillermina is going through the natural process of finding out what life will be like without her mother. At the moment that means lots of explorations – both of the space around her and of her relationships with the others. She may be searching for a deeper connection with herself…...

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Sunday Smile: Mara’s Squishy Mud Face

Everyone has their favorite ways to celebrate relaxing rainy days. Some humans might be tempted to nap or curl up with a good book. Not so at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Here, rainy days are for diving into mud, sometimes face first. Here, Mara is taking advantage of all of the…...

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