Elephant Diary

Lady and Rana Watching One Another

Lady & Rana spent most of yesterday on opposite sides of the fence, watching one another. When they do this, they move around and graze, but are always aware of where the other is and what they are doing, while almost seeming to ignore each other. (Maia doesn’t have the…...

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Our Gifted Ear-Flapper :)

UPDATE:  You are all too good at this!!  🙂  Yes, it’s Maia!  100% correct!!  Well done!! Who wants to guess? Who thinks they know the answer? Part of the reason for doing these posts is that many people have said they have trouble telling the girls apart. There are little…...

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More Baby Steps for Lady

When Lady first arrived, she wasn’t comfortable with or used to human touch. She preferred not to be touched, and, if we were touching her, she wasn’t relaxed. Captive elephants need to be comfortable with humans touching them everywhere. You never know when or where a health problem will pop…...

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Update on Mara’s Rescue Timeframe

As announced in December, Mara from the Buenos Aries Ecoparque will be coming to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.  Initially, both our team and the team at the Buenos Aries Ecoparque hoped she would be arriving late January/ early February. As it’s already February, we know an update is overdue… Unfortunately, the…...

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Lady’s Baby Steps That Are Really Giant Leaps

Lady is starting to understand the “big picture” of target training. Simplistically, target training is the process of teaching her to touch a specific part of her body to a target. This morning, we used the “target pole” (which looks a lot like a giant q-tip) to ask for her…...

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Ramba Made the Most of Every Moment at Sanctuary…

Many of you wanted to know, so as promised, we are sharing the results of Ramba’s necropsy that were just finalized. Her cause of death was determined to be chronic renal failure-which was not a surprise to any of us. Ramba’s kidneys struggled for years to do their job, filtering…...

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