Elephant Diary

Know Your Elephant: Identifying Maia

For the next five Saturdays, we are going to give you some tips on things to look for if you need help identifying each elephant. Sometimes it can be hard for those of us who don’t live with the girls and see them every day to tell one from another,…...

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Facebook Live With Scott and Rana

We finally had the opportunity to film a live Facebook video as the prize for #TeamRana – the winners of our Giving Tuesday: Room to Roam fundraiser from November, helping to raise funds for the expansion of the female African habitat. Rana is so rarely within range of cellular reception…...

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Lady and the Itchy Scratchy Tree

Over the past couple of months, we have seen a few severe storms come through the sanctuary. All of the elephants have been safe, even seeming to enjoy the heavy rains, but straight-line winds have done damage to some of the trees around the habitat. ...

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Rana and Ingo Learn To Communicate

Rana has been known in the past for testing caregivers to see how they respond to her, and if they are paying close attention. She has a trickster side of her personality that she seems to use to determine if she can potentially “get away” with things – but not…...

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Mara Is a Camera Hog

Some days, the elephants here can show their personalities in the most subtle (and funny) of ways. On this day, Mara, Bambi, and Rana were standing at the fenceline and Mara started to communicate with some deep rumbles. Scott zoomed in on Mara’s forehead, trying to catch the vibrations that…...

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Saturday Smile: Bambi Waits For Her Melons

For your Saturday smile this week, we hope you enjoy this photo of Bambi. She isn’t interested in being particularly dainty or patient at snack time today. Instead, she’s not-so-subtly indicating that she’d like her entire melon placed into her mouth whole. I’m guessing many of us occasionally snack the…...

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