Happy 5th Re-Birthday to Maia and Guida

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Maia and Guida’s arrival at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. The two taught each other important lessons on how to build relationships with other elephants and Maia learned the necessity of showing vulnerability in order to have lasting friendships. 

While Guida has now passed, we don’t want this day to be one of mourning. Instead, let’s celebrate the ways that Guida changed us all and the time she spent here, experiencing autonomy and deep love. 

Maia will always hold Guida in her heart, but now we see Maia growing and beginning to open up in ways that Guida helped her to do. Here’s to friendship, healing, and freedom of choice – for the elephants and each of you who connect with their journeys. 

We hope you enjoy this video and that you will tag a dear friend or post a photo of you together in the comments section on today’s Facebook post. (

Elephant Sanctuary Brazil will be giving Maia lots of extra treats today in honor of this anniversary. If you want to give a little something yourself, feel free to browse the Elephant Gift Baskets here.


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    Nancy Shaw says

    Thank you for the HAPPY TAIL WAGGING !

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    Carol says

    Soooo cuteeeeee💖💓

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    Rand Cooley says

    Thank you

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    Debbie Sides says

    Happy birthday ladies! Sweet Maia enjoy your special day sweetheart! Guida, happy heavenly birthday sweet girl🕊🌈

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    John says

    Thank you for everything you do. When I have trouble falling asleep at night, I think about the different posts I’ve read and the videos I’ve watched. It just gives me a nice, comforting feeling to know you’re doing such great things down there in Brazil.

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      Sara says

      Thank you. We’re glad we can provide you some comfort, but we also want you to get some sleep. Take good care.

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    Rachel says

    Wonderful – made my spirit smile. Love to Maia and her journey to healing, and Guida’s safe and loving existence in another world. Thank you for the reminder.❤️

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    JamesMichael Kolida says

    Happy Re-Birthday, Maia…You are so very Special

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