Mara

Bambi, Mara, and Rana – the Nosy Neighbors

At the sanctuary, there is never a shortage of projects (and side projects) in the works. One of the many items on our to-do list has been building a treatment area off of Yard 4....

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How Elephants Deal With Loss

Because of recent discussions on Mara’s health, some questions arose on social media about what it means when elephants who are bonded lose a friend and the mental toll it might take on them after that loss. Of course, we will never know the emotions each individual experiences, we can…...

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The Ladies Have a New Favorite Grazing Spot

While Maia and Lady spend substantial amounts of time across the creek in Yard 4, the other three haven’t crossed the creek yet this rainy season....

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A Rare Evening With All Five Ladies

One recent night, Mara was in Yard 1, near the itchy-scratchy tree, when the habitat erupted in loud rumbles. We checked the cameras to see Bambi running full speed from Yard 2 into Yard 1 to be “reunited” with her friend. Rana was close behind, walking at a slightly more leisurely…...

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What Do Elephants Do In the Rain?

One of our more frequently asked questions is, “What do the elephants do in the rain?”  It’s mostly asked with concern.  As humans, we instinctively seek shelter from the rain, just like cats, some dogs, and other domesticated species. Even when they are captive-born, elephants aren’t considered domestic species. The barn is…...

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Video: Mara Enjoying a Favorite Treat

Due to Mara’s struggles with gastrointestinal issues, our extended team customized a meal plan that appealed to her likes and dislikes, while addressing digestion and gas issues. It turns out that she really loves cooked pumpkin and 99% of the time will eat it with gusto. Here’s a video of…...

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