By next Mother’s Day, Pocha will be here at sanctuary, with her daughter Guillermina. Even though she isn’t here yet, it seems appropriate to celebrate her during her last Mother’s Day at Mendoza.
Being a mother is a beautiful, yet challenging task, even in the best of situations, and one that can sometimes redefine who you are. For Pocha, raising her daughter in a 150 meter enclosure (just under 500 sq ft) without any trees, grass, or ponds must feel overwhelming at times. Somehow, Guillermina grew up to be incredible – feisty and pushy with a little bit of attitude, which is such a far cry from who she could’ve become in that environment. Everything was stacked against them and Pocha’s guidance made all the difference.
Despite their challenges and struggles, they are lucky to have each other. Guillermina is 22- years old and still with her mom. That is natural for wild elephants but rare for captive ones. When they arrive at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, their relationship will likely grow and change; we don’t know how Guillermina will react to other elephants but – no matter what – she will have her mother at her side.
There’s currently no timeline on when they might arrive. Still, we look forward to Pocha taking on a more traditional mothering role by teaching her daughter about the natural world Guillermina has never known – and how to interact with other elephants.
Pocha might be the strongest elephant mother we’ve ever met, and we admire her for who she is and what she has done for Guillermina.
Happy Mother’s Day, not just to Pocha, but to all those incredible moms out there!