In the wild, female elephants live in a matriarchal society and mothering can be a group effort. Pocha, however, faced the reality of motherhood alone. She carried Guillermina for 22 months and gave birth to her in the pit – with nothing and no other elephants to help. Pocha is a remarkable mother, and the fact that Guillermina is so well adjusted is a testament to her patience and her strength. Pocha has brought stability to their lives in Mendoza.
Guillermina knows nothing of the outside of her enclosure or of other elephants. She will almost certainly need time to adjust to all of the new stimuli around her. But Pocha will have prepared her for this new life the best way possible. It is exciting to think of Guille experiencing the natural world for the first time, but we are thrilled for Pocha to witness her daughter learn things Pocha likely never thought possible; she’ll know they made it. Pocha will have new opportunities and also be able to watch her child grow and experience the natural world, which is moving to think about. We anticipate the special moments for her as much as we do for Guillermina. Happy Mother’s Day, Pocha. May there be many more to come.