Rana

Rana Couldn’t Be Happier

Of course, we can’t talk about how Mara has changed in the past month (see yesterday’s post)  without talking about how Rana has evolved during this time. Like Mara, Rana has also gained a best friend. After Ramba passed, Rana reverted to her people-oriented self. That has completely changed in…...

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Side-by-Side Dining

This morning, Scott went out to feed Rana and Mara breakfast. He drove around for a little while, turning off the four-wheeler (ATV) a couple of times to listen for them. As everyone knows by now, Mara isn’t very good at being quiet, which usually makes her easy to find…...

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We’ve Noticed a Shift. A Good Shift

Rana has been a little different lately (in a good way). It has even been evident in photos – her photos have come out more gorgeous than ever. Rana has always been engaged and present, but, somehow, her eyes just seem bigger and brighter lately. She has small, dark-colored eyes,…...

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Mellow Happy Rana

One recent afternoon, as Scott and Kat headed up the hill to their house for lunch, they saw Rana in the habitat. It was a hot, sunny day, and Rana was standing lazily in the sun. There was a water trough within a few steps (which means a hose and…...

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Elephants Connection to the Land

People frequently ask how the elephants know to eat off the land and provide for themselves. We have been asked this by zoo officials, zookeepers, and laypeople alike. They worry that after not seeing or experiencing grass, vines, or trees up close for decades, the elephants literally won’t know what…...

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I’m Sleepy. I’m Happy.

This is Rana’s “I’m sleepy, I’m happy, the sun feels good, and I might fall asleep” face, which is a common sentiment among the animals here lately. Routines are slowly shifting from rainy season routines to dry season routines, and it’s a nice change after a few months of rain.…...

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