Elephant Diary

Guillermina and Pocha Have a Mini-Dusting Party

From their first day at sanctuary, we found that Pocha and Guillermina absolutely love to dust. After living in a sterile environment for decades, it makes sense that having contact with the earth would bring joy and plenty of tactile fun. The two of them throw dust on themselves throughout…...

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Guillermina Has Silly Fun In the Mud Wallow

Recently we celebrated the joy and silliness there is to be found at sanctuary – something that can be an essential part of healing. Guillermina took this idea to heart. It was before night feed, and up at the house we could hear someone splashing away. The girls generally don’t…...

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Making Friends At An Easy Pace

Over the past few months, and prior to the arrival of Pocha and Guillermina, Maia has become closer to the group of three: Bambi, Mara, and Rana. This created a nice, welcoming space for Pocha and Guille to enter, because it let new friendships start to develop without internal relationship…...

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Guille and Pocha Break Trees

Guillermina and Pocha are the kind of elephants that occasionally announce their presence before you can see them – but not always through vocalizations. Sometimes you can tell exactly where they are by just listening for tree limbs breaking....

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Did You Guess Guille’s Weight? And Why Is Weight Important?

Thanks to everyone who guessed, commented, and asked questions on the post about Guillermina’s weight. We wanted to write this for a couple of reasons: first, people often say they forget how big elephants are until you see them next to a person, so guessing a weight is really difficult.…...

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Moving At Your Own Speed

Here, Guillermina is leading Bambi, Rana, and Mara to the barn and you can see the difference between Guille’s speed and what Scott lovingly calls the “grandma speed” of the other ladies. Rana is walking with a giant smile and a giant pile of hay in her nose – but…...

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