Elephant Diary

Happy Re-Birthday to Rana!

Watching some of the Facebook memories that have popped up this week, of Rana at the hotel, and how many times Scott used the word ‘perfect’ when talking about her, I should have seen the writing on the wall: She had a piece of his heart from day one. That…...

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Bambi Builds Up Her Courage

As part of the addition of a new treatment stall (see the dogs enjoying it here), there’s an adjoining yard for the elephants to explore, if they walk through the chute. Mara generally “asks” to take her meals in the chute if she is in the area so, when we…...

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Lady Continues To Venture Out

During the dry season when there is less fresh grass to eat, Lady will often meet her caregiver at the fence for breakfast. Now that the rain has made the grass so fresh and abundant, Lady isn’t as interested in the food we have to offer as she is in…...

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For Rana, Sometimes Grazing Wins the Day

Rana and Bambi have been exploring together near the creek in Yard 4 more often, especially now that it’s the rainy season and the grazing is particularly good there. Lady, Maia, and Rana have always seemed to love it across the creek, but for some reason it hasn’t appealed to…...

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Lady Is Spry In the Rain

A huge rainstorm passed through the area recently, and it seemed to appear out of nowhere. While we are used to experiencing straight-line winds and hail in the US, we’ve never seen anything like this storm in Brazil....

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Maia Joins Rana, Mara, and Bambi For Dinner

Shirlei recently witnessed Maia standing near Rana during dinnertime, when Rana was with Bambi and Mara. As you likely know, Maia has been coming closer and closer to Mara, Bambi, and Rana, and everything has been relaxed. On this day, Maia actually felt comfortable enough to walk right up to…...

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