Elephant Diary

Dynamics Are Always Evolving

Lately, we’ve been seeing an evolution of relationships among all of the elephants in the group of five: Rana, Mara, Bambi, Guille, and Maia. Maia, Bambi, and Guillermina have been spending more time together as a small group, whereas before Guille would share space with just one or the other…...

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Mara and Maia Spend More Time Together

Lately, we have seen Mara and Maia spending more time together. It’s an interesting combination of personalities, since Mara was initially intimidated by Maia when it was just the two of them and Rana, and then Maia was long intimidated by Mara and her friendships with Rana and Bambi; And,…...

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Further Updates on Lady’s Health

Over the past week or so, Lady has been having some difficulties with her feet, which we detailed here. She is currently experiencing some swelling around her feet and lower legs and is clearly more tentative in her movements. We have been updating medication types and doses, trying to find…...

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Guillermina Finds Snacks

Guillermina is known for her enthusiastic approach to meals and her willingness to try to share food that was put out for the other elephants. However, when it comes to the snacks we scatter throughout the habitat for the girls to find during the day, all bets are off. Whoever…...

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Sunday Smile: Rana’s Choice of Headwear

Yesterday, we showed you Lady’s version of a natural head covering. For today’s Sunday Smile, we wanted to give you a peek at Rana’s take on a sanctuary-style hat. Instead of hay, she’s chosen a clump of grass as decoration. Rana is clearly an innovator in the elephant headwear movement....

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Lady’s Hay Chapeau

Elephants are known to sometimes use hay to protect themselves from too much sun exposure. But some, like Lady, are also fond of utilizing piles of hay to create fashionable elephant wear – particularly “hay hats.” Here, Lady flaps her ears and calmly enjoys a snack while wearing a substantial…...

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