Rana

EleFact Friday: The Role of a Matriarch

Our last few EleFACT Fridays have been about male elephants, so this week we’ll be focusing on matriarchs and their leadership status within the elephant herd. It can be said that the matriarch of a herd takes on the most important role of the family structure; she is often the…...

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Bambi and Rana’s Bond

Rana and Bambi’s friendship continues to deepen, as does their bond.  The morning of this video, the two couldn’t find Mara and spent a lot of time searching and calling for her. They eventually found her. Later in the day, Scott filmed this video of Bambi and Rana spending time…...

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Maia and Rana – To Play or Not to Play

There are times we find Rana close to the barn without Mara and Bambi around. Most often it’s to clean up scraps the other two have left behind. One recent morning, when she was near the barn, Maia was nearby as well. While Maia has been sharing space with the…...

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An Easygoing Afternoon With Lady and Rana

Rana and Bambi were both at the barn one recent morning, while Mara was near the pond in Yard 4, seemingly quite relaxed. It’s out of the ordinary for Bambi and Mara to spend time apart, so Scott asked Rana and Bambi to follow his four-wheeler out to Mara. Bambi accompanied him…...

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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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