Elephant Diary

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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Maia and Rana Work On Dynamics

A few days ago, Maia and Rana were sharing close space and Rana walked over to Maia;  Maia did what you see here: rested her trunk on top of Rana’s head. This is one way that Maia exhibits dominance and it is a sign that she is navigating her way…...

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Bambi’s Nightly Calls

Bambi, Mara, and Rana are typically active at night and often have conversations with one another. For months now, we have been hearing them frequently around 10pm, having little trumpet fests. Whenever we hear the noise, we look into the camera to make sure all is well, but they seem…...

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Know Your Elephants: Identifying Lady

We’ve had such a fun time over the past several weeks helping you learn more about each elephant’s distinct characteristics. Rounding out the series is our lovely Lady Bug. We hope you’ve enjoyed the past month and will try your hand at identifying all of the girls in the future....

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Caregivers Who Connect

We recently wrote about Lady, her needs from caregivers, and how important it is to listen to the messages she sends. At times, Lady can be uncomfortable with unexpected or unnecessary noises or activities around, especially when she needs someone to focus completely on her needs. That means that having…...

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Bambi’s Foot Care at Sanctuary

The very act of changing an elephant’s environment and welcoming them to sanctuary can be enough to change the state of their health, particularly when the elephant is coming from an unfit environment. We have seen this happen time and again. An emotional change begins to happen very quickly, while…...

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