Rana

Rana is Getting Fuzzy

Rana is getting hairy! She is 62, which means she has already outlived most captive elephants in the Americas. And now her body is doing some new senior things. Rana has always been oddly smooth and wrinkle-free, with very little hair, but she is getting noticeably fuzzy. Unlike humans, who…...

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Taking Turns In the Pond

When Maia, Rana, and Mara are sharing space, there are many days when it feels like they spend the entire day taking turns in the pond. Our team will check the cameras and see Maia in the pond. A little bit later, we will look and see Rana & Mara.…...

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Rana’s Invitation to Play

Frequently, filming the elephants doesn’t go as planned. This video is a great example of that. 😉 While most of the footage is unexpected close-ups of a charming Maia, Scott recorded Rana engaging in a behavior we have noticed a few times now. A few times recently, as Maia has…...

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RanaBug Is a Very Clever Girl ;)

Rana and Mara seem to have a balanced relationship. Being together seems to be the most important part of the equation for them. Maia and Guida would sometimes wander off to different parts of the habitat and spend time apart. That’s something we haven’t seen with Mara and Rana. They…...

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Rana the Nurturer

Rana has a bit of a reputation for being our most social elephant. She is the unofficial welcoming committee of the sanctuary and is usually the first to meet our new arrivals. Her calm demeanor and willingness to adjust to another elephant’s needs make her perfect for this. Despite having…...

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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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