Elephant Diary

Power Walking Bambi

When Bambi first arrived at sanctuary, with all of her exuberance and readiness to learn about everything new, we discovered that our resident speed walker, Maia, was being quickly outpaced by the new elephant. Bambi continues to power through hills and hustle through the habitat (even losing track of where…...

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Sanctuary Memories: Meeting Rana

As part of our ongoing Sanctuary Memory series, Scott shares his thoughts on the first time he met Rana. In 2018, Rana was living at a combination zoo/hotel/waterpark on the Brazilian coast. The property had recently been sold and, though the owners were phasing out the zoo portion of the…...

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Early Morning Vocalizations

Last week when this video was filmed, Scott could hear quite a joyful ruckus early in the morning, coming up the hill from Bambi, Mara, and Rana. When getting ready for the day, there were plenty of happy noises and some trumpeting, for good measure.  Scott went down into the…...

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Lady’s Delicate Drink

Water troughs can be fun to play in and used to make mud puddles. As a result, the elephants rarely let them stay clean for long. This trough, in Yard 5, was recently cleaned and you can see that Lady seems determined to keep it so. Lady’s dainty drinking doesn’t…...

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Sometimes Food Comes First

Our group of three known as the “Powerpuff Girls”: Bambi, Mara, and Rana, are known to often eat together. They don’t spend every moment right next to each other; sometimes they are within a couple feet of each other, sometimes they’re in the same field, and sometimes they break off…...

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First Light Calm

We wrote recently about seeing Maia down in the valley at dawn. For the past couple of weeks, she has been there, grazing at first light on the north side of the creek in Yard 4.  When we talk about sanctuary, we primarily like to focus on the elephants, but…...

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