Elephant Diary

Lady and Her Ups and Downs

Lady continues to explore Yards 1 and 5 and has become much more comfortable going into the barn for foot soaks than she was during the early days after Pocha and Guillermina’s arrival. When all of the other elephants are in Yard 4, out of the smaller yards, Lady will…...

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Guille Puts Her Trunk In Everyone’s Mouth

As we talked about last week, Guillermina is expressing some of her childlike behaviors within a remarkably patient group of elephants. She may occasionally try their patience, but mostly in innocent ways. Lately, after the group eats, Guille will walk from elephant to elephant, just being social; she greets them,…...

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Maia and the Mysterious Noise

Each night, we make a trip to the barn for Pocha and Guillermina’s night feed. (We visit new elephants in the evenings until they are acclimated to their environment and know we’re there for them at any time of day, if needed.) Before we give the two their food, we…...

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Guillermina Wants To Play

Guillermina has been continuing to display her childlike silliness, and the others are remaining mostly patient with her. The older girls seem to understand that this new, somewhat large kid, has a lot to learn. Part of that learning curve means finding out what the limits are for some of…...

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Sanctuary Memories: Meeting Lady

As part of our ongoing series on sanctuary memories, Scott shares some of what he recalls about his first meeting with Lady. Before Lady was transported to sanctuary in 2019, she was living in a zoo; she’d previously been confiscated from a circus, where she’d lived for decades, and a…...

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Pocha Mingles While Guille Stays Put

After spending the day in the larger yard, Pocha, Guille, and the “Powerpuff Girls” headed back to the barn and stayed in the smaller yards. For a fair bit of time, Pocha opted to hang out by herself in one yard, then moved to the next yard where she spent…...

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