Each day, we are seeing Guillermina and Pocha take more steps forward – literally and figuratively. They spend most of their days in Yard 4 with the others, sometimes in the deepest parts of the yard. Depending on the day or on everyone’s mood, they will take time with different elephants: some moments Maia is in between the two ladies, and other times they might ease toward Rana or Bambi. The other elephants don’t seem to have any clear affinity for either Pocha or Guillermina most of the time. Everyone just seems to go where the day takes them, and that’s a positive.
This progress is considerable when you think about how deeply entrenched Pocha and Guillermina were in learned behaviors when they first got to sanctuary. Thinking of their lives in their old enclosure is such a disconnect from what we see now. We can honestly say that we had no idea exactly what their journeys would look like when they got to sanctuary. It hasn’t been what some would see as a “perfect” road, but both elephants have taken significant strides forward on their paths toward healing and are doing exactly what they need. After seeing them at sanctuary for just over two months now, it’s hard to believe that their lives were so different than they are today. The amount of progress made by both Pocha and Guille in a short period of time shows how resilient they are and how naturally captive elephants, even those from deprived conditions, settle into a life of sanctuary.
Photo of Pocha and Guillermina on a walk through the habitat