Happy 2nd Re-Birthday, Bambi!

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. 


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    Melinda says

    I love you so much Bambi! The healing and teaching abilities of elephants is truly amazing! What wondrous beings!

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    Cathe Cracknell says

    I am so impressed with how Bambi has matured. You are angels here on earth…taking care of these magnificent elephants.

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    Barb says

    Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful Bambi!

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    Tammy says

    Happy Happy 2nd re-Birthday Bambi your lighthearted silliness and energetic joyfulness are infectious you bring smiles to all those around you so please keep it up we love you sooo very much and look forward to what’s in store in the coming years ahead! 😘🐘💞

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    Cintia Abney says

    Bambi has charmed me so much.. I can’t believe two years have passed!
    We are very happy for you Bambi, and for all the other ladies for having a very sassy herd member like you 😘

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    Zoi Flores says

    Happe rescueversary my dear Bambi B. I’m sending goodies to you. May you continue happy and live a long life in that paradise.

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      Sara says

      How lovely. Thank you!

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    Wim says

    Happy Re-Birthday Bambi. Hard to belief it’s already two years. What a privilege to watch you shine more and more.

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    John says

    My introduction to GSE happened as you prepared Bambi to leave the zoo. I was immediately impressed with your patience and compassion towards this gentle giant. It is fascinating and joyful, watching her transform over these two years. Well done everyone, especially Bambi!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Beautiful, beautiful post!

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    Alejandra Enqun says

    BAMBI nena hermosa me has hecho reir con tus torpezas y exabruptos adolescentes y tambien con tu inteligencia para aprender y crecer y convertirte en una madrina amorosa.Sin duda la personalidad de Guillermina te atrae y es como un espejo que te refleja y te enternece.Tu crecimiento es admirable desde tu amor incondicional por Mara hasta formar parte del trio maravilloso y superpoderoso del Santuario.Si que sos especial preciosa🙏❤️🐘🌸💘

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    Elizabeth says

    I remember how fast Bambi ran out of the transfer crate when she arrived. And then her celebration the next morning while playing in hose, even though she was supposed to “not like water”. Thank you for honoring and listening to her.

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    JamesMichael says

    Happy 2nd Re-Birthday, sweet girl

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    Bonnie says

    Tell Bambi Happy Birthday and many many more

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    Tracy H says

    Happy Re- Birthday Bambi. You are so loved. 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    Carmen Dalziel says

    Wow 2 years have flown by! Hard to believe sometimes. Bambi has come into her own and I truly believe she will be an experienced leader someday.


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    Rachel says

    What a beautiful post. I can’t believe it’s been two years!! Celebrating Bambi and her transformation in my heart and soul. 🥰💝

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    Irene says

    Just amazing 2 Years! She is such a beautiful girl! And has transformed into a wonderful herd member! ❤️

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    Sunny says

    My Bambina, you are insipiring 💗

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    Beji says

    What a life affirming moment. Who would have ever thought , yes, you can fall in love with an elephant. Also, every time I wear my bright red elephant t-shirt, people just love it! These girls are a gift to all of us….thank you

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