Elephant Diary

Snap, Crackle, and Pop Go the Tree Limbs

If you are looking for an elephant who knows how to entertain herself, then Maia is your girl. While she is spending more time with the other ladies than before, she still enjoys solo walks through some of the wooded areas of the habitat. And, when she is in the…...

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Video: Maia Tries On the New Mud Wallow for Size

Last week, we had a chance to refurbish the water trough in Yard 4. Our team dug up some of the area around the trough and plumbed a water line so that we can fill the wallow with the emptied trough water. And, of course, whenever you turn over fresh…...

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Elephant Myths: True or False – Are Elephant Graveyards Real?

Over hundreds of years there have been legends of mysterious places where elephants travel when it is time for them to die. Some folklore even says that this magical spot calls to dying elephants as they search for a final resting place. For years, explorers searched for such a location,…...

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EleFact Friday: How Do Elephants Breathe?

Happy EleFact Friday. We’ve discussed several physical characteristics elephants possess that make them different from other land mammals, and today we’ll be adding their lungs to that list. ...

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Maia’s Carefree Day

On a recent evening, it seemed that Maia was particularly in tune with her surroundings and was moving around and interacting with others in a very light way. As many of you know, Mara, Bambi, and Rana are often inclined to come to the barn for dinner. This evening, Maia…...

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You Ask, We Answer: How Do Elephants React to Cold Weather?

After a recent post about a change in temperature here in Brazil, we had several people ask questions about how elephants react to cooler weather, and what the sanctuary does to prepare for cold weather events. We thought we’d share a bit about what we’ve learned and how we would…...

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