Happy 4th Re-birthday to Lady!

Today marks the 4th anniversary of Lady’s arrival at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Lady’s presence looms so large here at the sanctuary that it seems some days that she’s been here forever. She’s witnessed so much change – from the addition of new residents to the growth of the space she’s free to roam. 

Lady is a truly unique being whose trauma, alongside her willingness to open up to her caregivers, does not define her. Though she chooses to spend a good portion of her time alone, she seems to know who she is and embraces the life she enjoys here at ESB. While some may think she may not interact or communicate with the other residents, it’s clear to us that she does – just in her own ways. When the others are near, she will, at times, vocalize with and toward them. And elephants “talk” in ways we’ll never be able to comprehend, so who knows what else they have to say to one another?

Over the last few months, Lady has been open to some new experiences, particularly exploring the male Asian yard, which offers her the greenery she so loves. She also spent time in the same yard as both Rana and Mara, who respected her space and seemed thoughtful in their small interactions with Lady. She’s open to these moments as long as she feels safe, which is something we all deserve. 

We can never fully express our gratitude for what Lady has given us. She reminds us daily to slow down and that providing true autonomy allows someone to make choices that may not be the ones you would make. She seems to know that much of life is in the details, so she makes the most of the smallest things, like a delicious palm leaf or a dip in the pond. Her feet may make her uncomfortable, but they’re not who she is. Her desire to be seen and respected by us and by her fellow elephants provides us a lesson in self-awareness. The way Lady chooses to live her life gives us all perspective on the idea that there’s no one right way to be or to express yourself. Thank you, Lady, for the years of joy you’ve brought to so many. We’re sure that “re-birthday” wishes are being sent from all around the world. 

Read more about Lady’s journey to sanctuary here.

P.S.: This week’s podcast continues Ramba’s story with the struggles of caring for an elephant long distance while struggling as a young nonprofit to raise the funds needed to build a habitat to be able to bring her to Brazil. Listen on our website or on your podcast platform of choice.


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    Pamela Hall says

    Lady is my favorite. I identify with so much of her beings…love of solitude down to her feet. Thank you for taking such good care of her.

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    Debbie Sides says

    Wow hard to believe she’s been there 4 years already! Happy 4th rebirthday Lady! Enjoy your extra special day sweet pea! 🎉🍰

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    John says

    I love how each elephant’s personality is brought out so well in posts. Lady is unique among the girls in her desire to be alone, but I love hearing about the ways she decides to connect with them.

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      Sara says

      Thank you ❤️

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    Melinda says

    I just love Lady’s spirit! Nothing can keep that girl down!

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    Carol says

    Have a beautiful and Blessed re-birthday, our Lady. We love you so…

    Enjoy every moment!

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    Wim says

    Happy Re-Birthday dearest Lady. Without a shadow of a doubt you always seem to shine and bring hope whenever the sun is clouded.
    Thank you for sharing your company with us.

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    JamesMichael says

    Hapy-Happy-Happy- Happy 4th er-Birthday, Special Lady. I’m so very pleased you have found Peace and Love
    at sanctuary. You are so very loved

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    Terry says

    Your writing and the way you capture the essence and unique attributes of each of the girls is enlightening. Lady’s presence can teach us all about finding joy in every moment of freedom we often take for granted.

    Happy Re- Birthday and rebirth to a safe space you can now call home Lady!!! Thank you for your inspiration. ❤️❤️❤️

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    Carey says

    Lady is a wonder at “living in the moment” and I’m so happy at how far she’s come in 4 years, and so in awe of you being able to keep her feet at least in some control allowing her to relish her life – finally. She’s so brave.

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    Lori Hoover says

    In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years, but in others, yes, it does seem like she’s been there forever. I still remember her feisty, albeit a bit angry or anxious, trunk maneuvers. I’m glad she still is all trunk, and much more comfortable and thoughtful with it, LOL. I was giving thought the other day to Lady’s desire to be seen, respected, and (most times) preferring not to be photographed while watching her play in the mud wallow in the male yard, I think? I watched the video and appreciated that she seemed to allow it, HA!! She also seemed to be eyeing the camera as if to say: OK, yes, I am spectacular, you may video and share. I thank her for that. And you guys, for doing it as well.
    Happy 4th Anniversary, Lady!!

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    Bonnie says

    Sara I was reading about lady and what she has gone thru but now and how far she has come with you all helping her is amazing and deep down she knows this I believe she does

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    Patricia says

    Happy Birthday, precious Lady! I am grateful for every year you’ve been at ESB. You are a beautiful and unique girl. Thank you for all you have given us! xoxoxo

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    A beautiful, beautiful post! Thank you! And happy re-birthday, Gorgeous Lady!

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    Gayle Janzen says

    Thank you Sara, for your beautiful words explaining the wonder and uniqueness of our very special Lady. It really is a good lesson for us humans, as we all deserve to dance to our own drummer, as that is what also makes us unique and wonderful. Hope you have a fantastic re-birthday, Lady. You are a very special treasure and we are all so lucky that the loving humans who take care of you, are always keeping us up to date on your happy life at GSE, ❤️

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    Jillyp says

    Dear Lady, Happy re-Birthday to you, four years there already, your beautiful spacious, healing, quiet, natural forever home 💜 I hope you feel joy as you roam and live each day as you choose, as much as the joy you’ve brought everyone who knows of your story and supports your healing and life. We love you lovely Ladybug and hope you know it. Thank you everyone at the Sanctuary who listens to your needs and enables your freedom along with your herd family 💜🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    Elaine richard says

    Thank you for that moving, and inspiring, post. Thank you, too, for devoting your lives to the care of Lady and all those other magnificent creatures at GSE.

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    Rachel says

    Ditto to all the lovely posts above. Lady sure is loved in a very special way and she deserves every bit of it. My spirit is lifted every time I read about these incredible eles. Thank you for the wonderfully descriptive posts that help to bring more understanding and a tug at the heart for each one of them.

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