Elephant Diary

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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Can You Guess Guillermina’s Weight?

You may have noticed that Guillermina is a chunky girl; it’s hard not to spot, especially when she’s standing near any of the other elephants. It’s clear that she has quite a bit of weight to lose and, though she’s begun to get a tiny bit smaller, it will be…...

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