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 there are times that the human element is undeniable. Moments like this one, witnessing Maia in a marvelous natural setting, instantly brings calm and peace to the morning. 

The first few minutes of the day for many of us can bring stress about daily life. It is the same for us here at sanctuary. We worry about project organization, funding, getting permits to bring elephants to sanctuary – any number of things. Looking out from the house and seeing Maia is a quiet and personal moment that we can hold in our hearts, and an important reminder about the foundation of what we do.  Any potential stress of the day ahead dissolves for a moment if you let it; for us, just knowing there is an elephant down there, living a life she never knew she could, allows us to take a breath and approach what is to come with hope. 

Photo of Maia, peeking from the bushes


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    Andy says

    Any time you find yourselves worrying about the work you do to bring an Ele to this life at sanctuary, remember you have us looking at what you do, admiring and willing to donate to help.

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      Sara says

      Thank you for your kind support.

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    Nice photo. Is the quarantine time almost up for Pocha and Guilermina so the GSE trucks to start their journey to Mendoza? What is the current covid situation at the Argentina-Brazil border?

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      Sara says

      As you know, we are now waiting on permits regarding the girls. The border is not an impediment. We assure you, when we can share news about P&G, we will do so.

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    Carey says


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    Jillyp says

    She is just beautiful and it’s so wonderful to see her contented face in this environment, when you think where she was and where many eles are still, it’s such a wonderful job you all do at Global, thank you everyone 💖🌿🌱🌳🐘

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    John says

    Oh Maia, you charmer. What a sight you must be as the sun is coming up! 🐘☀️

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      Sara says

      She really is something to behold.

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    Julie says

    Ahh yes. Spiritual fuel to keep moving forward with your oh-so-important work! Thank you for the post!

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    Elizabeth says

    One of the things I most look forward to each day, is looking at this blog for the latest posting with picture or video. It brings joy and calm to my day. Love the photo of Maia with her fuzzy head!!

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      Sara says

      Thank you. What a lovely thing to say.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    thank you for sharing this beautiful insight with us! I imagine the ladies’ hearts are overflowing with gratitude for what you have been able to do for them

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    Claudia says

    I just love her hair do. She is perfect.

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    Susan Flewelling says

    What a lovely and inspiring article! And that photo of Maia is the crowning touch. They are all so endearibg, each in her own way. 💕💕💕💕💕💕

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    Deb says

    Ditto to all these well said posts !

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    Katie Howard says

    …My wish for all of you at GSE is that you have a Full Day of no stress. and no worries – just like Maia! ❤️

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      Sara says

      Thank you!

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    Sandi says

    Beautiful shot. The light seems to be just right, showing all her lovely features. What a joyous sight to wake up to. Thank you.

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    Wim says

    First thought: Big angel watching over you. Friends of GSE are everywhere.
    Stay safe and strong!

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