Elephant Diary

Sleepy Maia Gets a Startle

One of many things we know about elephants is that they walk very quietly. Because of this, they can sneak up on humans, animals, and on other elephants. ...

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Sunday Smile: Bambi’s Deer Friend

In the cartoon world, Bambi is a beloved deer; here in the ESB world, Bambi is a beloved elephant who has deer friends.  We have found that deer love being near elephants, because they can enjoy the scraps of food that elephants leave behind in the habitat – and in…...

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Rana and Maia’s Relaxed Afternoon

Rana doesn’t often spend time by herself near the barn, but recently she went off on her own and found herself close to the barn and to Maia. It was time for Lady’s foot treatments, so we shifted Rana and Maia to an adjoining yard to give Lady some space. ...

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Maia and the Three At the Pond

On a recent day, Maia, Bambi, Mara, and Rana were all in Yard 5. Maia was sleeping by the pond – a favorite activity of hers – and the other three girls came by, which woke her up. She walked away from them, but didn’t go far.  About an hour…...

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Mara and Bambi Share a Snack

Bambi knows that there are after-dinner snacks in the yards. Sometimes she rushes back right after dinner and other times she waits for Mara to lead the way. This particular evening, she and Mara had dinner out in the habitat.  Rana had already ventured toward earlier leftovers by the Lollipop…...

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Happy 5th Re-Birthday to Maia and Guida

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Maia and Guida’s arrival at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. The two taught each other important lessons on how to build relationships with other elephants and Maia learned the necessity of showing vulnerability in order to have lasting friendships. ...

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