Elephant Diary

Maia – Our Resident Tank

Maia has continued to be on the move – and to be a tank. It feels like every time we check on her, she’s somewhere else. It’s not uncommon to see her in Yard 5, across the creek in Yard 4, and near the back of Yard 3… all in the same…...

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What Do Elephants Do In the Rain?

One of our more frequently asked questions is, “What do the elephants do in the rain?”  It’s mostly asked with concern.  As humans, we instinctively seek shelter from the rain, just like cats, some dogs, and other domesticated species. Even when they are captive-born, elephants aren’t considered domestic species. The barn is…...

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A Long Journey: The Learning Curve For New Caregivers

Elephants, particularly older individuals and those dealing with injuries and ailments, require a particular kind of care at sanctuary. Elephants are unique in their needs and their healing processes – so even those with experience caring for animals have a lot to learn about the specialized care required in this…...

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Video: Mara Enjoying a Favorite Treat

Due to Mara’s struggles with gastrointestinal issues, our extended team customized a meal plan that appealed to her likes and dislikes, while addressing digestion and gas issues. It turns out that she really loves cooked pumpkin and 99% of the time will eat it with gusto. Here’s a video of…...

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Bambi: A Before and After

As most of you know, elephants arrive at sanctuary with numerous physical and emotional compromises. Their beauty and miraculous healing sometimes makes people forget the trauma experienced in captivity.  Bambi is now our puppy-like girl, but she had a fear of other elephants before she arrived. Now she has two…...

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Early Dinner: The Girls Say No

Things in life rarely go as planned. At sanctuary, you have to be even more flexible than in “real life.” We do our best to plan and prepare for anything, but the elephants are often our guides – and the elephants often have other ideas. We have learned to accept…...

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