It’s official: the lovely, rumbly Bambi has now lived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil for two years. Watching her learn and grow has been a delight and an honor – particularly as we see her continue to emerge into the elephant she was always meant to become.
Many of you may remember that she charged onto the sanctuary scene with seemingly boundless energy. Mara was initially intrigued, but the charm wore off and Bambi needed some time alone to wind down. After that, Bambi and Rana shared space together, with Rana imparting her steady and calming wisdom and offering Bambi some quiet teaching moments. Bambi emerged as an individual with a more measured approach to life and an elephant who was gradually learning to read others’ energies before acting. It was then that Mara began to accept Bambi and welcome her back into the group; soon enough the “Powerpuff Girls” – Mara, Bambi, and Rana – became a tight threesome.
These days, Bambi has a gentler way about her than ever before – though her excitement in approaching the world is still present. Her charm and lively personality will always be a part of her, though she now knows more about how to live among a group and focus on the needs of others when the time comes. She is embracing her role as a leader and a mentor, particularly with Guillermina, helping to guide her through what is appropriate and what is not – all the while recognizing the joy of Guille’s youthful behavior. She seems to find excitement in the idea that Guille could ultimately be a good friend, once she settles into herself more and has an appreciation for boundaries. This maturity reflects the idea that Bambi has become an integral part of the sanctuary herd.
Watching Bambi transform into a caring, free-spirited elephant with a calmer nature has been transformative for us as well. We are moved when elephants can overcome the traumas of their past to flourish, opening up to others and the world around them. Our gratitude in these moments is difficult to express. Thank you, Bambi, for bringing your unique personality and inspiring energy into our lives and into the lives of the elephants who share your world. We are all changed for the better because you are here.