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Happy 2-Month Anniversary, Ramba! ❤️

Rana and Ramba

Ramba’s rescue journey took seven years: from confiscation from the circus, to failed relocation to the US, to not having any options, to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil being created in part because of her. Over those seven years, with the help of Caro, Consu, and later on Diego, we brought as much of Sanctuary to her as possible. We were involved in her relocation to the road-side zoo, stayed with her numerous times over the years, and were involved in her daily care through her loving caregivers. Everyone who has followed us over the years knew about Ramba – in many ways, she was our poster child even though she didn’t live here, in Brazil, at the Sanctuary.

So, it shouldn’t surprise us that her two-month anniversary yesterday almost slipped under the radar. She was here in spirit for so many years, and we, like many of you, already loved her. But now she is finally here. Even though it’s been two months, there is much she has shown us, and she has brought so much to Rana, Maia, and now Lady.

Ramba and Rana so quickly progressed from being cautious about touching to inseparable. Ramba and Rana seem like they have known each other their entire lives; Ramba has adored having a friend – and you all know Rana’s opinion on her bestie. She couldn’t be happier.

We often talk about what having Ramba has done for Rana, but we don’t talk as much about what it means to Ramba. Ramba loves having a friend. Even though Ramba is older, Rana’s size gives her a bit of a big sister role, someone to rub on, to stand over her, to love on, to do everything with. Having Rana to “guide” her through Sanctuary helped Ramba acclimate. Ramba immediately owned the space, confident that everything was hers, and that everything she did was ok (she is correct on both counts). She is a rumble queen; she rumbles almost all day long; she radiates total contentment.

Now we are also starting to see her spunky, stubborn side, one we knew from years ago but had disappeared before coming to the sanctuary. She is back to being the confident grandma who makes you work for things. She understands what we are asking of her, but she often thinks she deserves the treats first; before the behavior or just because she is cute. Sometimes she wins. How could she not? She has earned it.

Ramba is a total gift. She is easy and hard all at the same time. It feels like she has always been here; after all, she has been part of this place and our hearts for many years.

Happy two-month (and one day) anniversary, Ramba!! You are perfect, and we are grateful for you every day!  ❤️

December 19, 2019

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Comments(14)

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    CyrAnn says

    Happy anniversary precious dear Ramba🥳
    And many many more to come!!!!!!

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    Sherry says

    Here comes Ramba, a beautiful elephant friend. You endured much torture for so many years and made it to the sanctuary.
    I am so sorry humans were greedy and stole you from your family. Those days are over with and doesn’t that sound good?!
    Ramba, I am so happy to be honored and grateful to be able to watch you at the sanctuary. Thank you! I love you!

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      Alissa campbell says

      We love you Ms. Ramba, and I am so very honored to be a part of watching all this unfold! Happy 2 months n counting.

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    Barb Wilson says

    Bless her big grandma heart! Yes indeed we have loved her and followed her long journey to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. She is so sweet and maybe a bit spunky sometimes but always endearing. Happy Anniversary dearest “Rumbly Ramba”!

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    Carey says

    Truly a happy 2 month anniversary, only 2 months yet it seems she has been there longer she has played such a huge role in the lives of the other elephants and the humans who cared for her. I love the fact that she expresses her contentment in her rumbles and communicates so well. Its wonderful that together we were finally able to give her this life which is allowing her to assert her own will and autonomy and not be dominated by humans anymore, I’m sure we all hope that her health permits her many more anniversaries, and continues to do so well. She is an example to us all I think. 7 years waiting is a very long time, I wasn’t aware of her until more recently, but to all those who were, very well done – you did it!

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    Carey says

    I thought I had submitted my comment but it appears not! I hope I’m not repeating myself! I just wanted to wish her and every single person who helped her in her 7 year wait a joyous anniversary and many more to come. I’m so glad that she is finally allowed to be herself, have autonomy and elephant companionship and people around her who only want the best for her and work so hard to give her a new life. To Lady Ramba and to all who have cared for her and acted for her – Happy Anniversary

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    Susan says

    Happy Anniversary Sweet Grandma Ramba!! My heart melts when I see you and your Sister RanaBug together. I love that you rumble all the time and that you are happy. Love you so much! Love and hugs to all. Thank you for the blogs….they are great!!! ❤️🐘❤️🐘❤️🐘❤️🐘❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    Elke Riesterer says

    Yeah Ramba! Congrats to a beautiful girl. You are much loved. Having now Rana as a friend could not be better. What joy to see this and shown in the videos. ❤️

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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    Two months of a transformation in a wild elephant, Ramba, from torture, deep sadness and despair, from captivity into freedom in the elephants 🐘 sanctuary at GSE in Brazil. It speaks for itself. It would not have been possible had it not been for Scott and Kat Blais, their teams and staff and everyone involved in Ramba’s rescue including the thousands of us who donated to the relocation being feasible and successful. Global Sanctuary for Elephants, Brazil 🇧🇷 you’re the best for giving these elephants 🐘 a new lease at a quality life. God bless you all. 🙏🐘❤️

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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    Happy two months anniversary of FREEDOM Ramba and for the rest of your life 🙏❤️

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    Debbie Sides says

    We love you Ramba! Happy anniversary sweetheart!

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    I hope some day we can make every elephant as happy as Ramba looks in this photograph!

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    Gramma Tammy says

    Happy Happy Anniversary to you dear sweet Ramba! Your whole life you’ve been on this long roller coaster journey to get to your new forever home with the world anxiously watching and waiting to see you take that very first step on Sanctuary soil which brought tears of joy to us all so here’s to many many more years of happiness love and glorious mud baths with your beautiful new family. We love you all God Bless!

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    Sheila says

    OH MY DEAR SWEET❤️ RAMBA 🐘! A TRUE RUMBLING TREASURE FROM CHILE!😍IT SEEMS SO LONG AGO U GOT ON THE TRUCK! THEN THAT NOISY PLANE THEN THE TRUCK AGAIN BUTS. ONLY UR 2 MONTH OF FREEDOM IN THE JUNGLE🌴🌳🌱🌿🍃🎋 GREAT LIFE HOME👍😍BUT ALL ALONG U WERE SUCH A ROCKIN RICK STAR🐘 RAMBA WITH SUCH A 😍SWEET SOUL🥰! I PRAYED🙏 RANA 🐘WOULD GET U AS A SISTER FRIEND BECAUSE RANA HAD NOT MUCH CONTACT WITH GUIDA WHO SHE LOVED AND MAIA WHO DIDNT WANT RANA AROUND TOO MUCH SO RANA EXPLORED DETERMINED TO RUN HER OWN SANCTUARY TOUR 🐘🌳🌴COMPANY! WHILE U GOT VERY LUCKY WITH. BIG GIRL SWEETHEART 🐘RANA LEADING ALL AROUND THE SANCTUARY U GREW VERY FOND OF HER!💞 RAMBA U MADE A SUPER LOVING SISTER FRIEND WHO LOOKS OUT FOR U ALOT! IM SINCERELY HAPPY😘 FOR U MY DEAR! 👍 I KNOW UR OLDER BUY U HAVE HANY YEARS OF GREAT HEALTH AT SANCTUARY! I THINK ONE DAY UR RUMBLING TUNES WILL LURE “MZ SHY SWEET 🐘LADY” TO U AND RANA MAYBE OR MAIA🐘 WHEN SHES OVER HER GREIF OF LOOSING GUIDA! 🙏 MY WISH IS THAT ALL 4 OF U LADIES HANG OUT TOGETHER👍HAVE A BEAUTIFUL🥕🥦🍉🍌🌞DAY SWEET🐘 RAMBA‼️Btw. WILL THERE BE 🐘RAMBA T SHIRTS?‼️

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