We continue our ongoing series on ways to identify each elephant this week with Maia. She is the longest resident of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil and is very distinct in many ways. She shares some characteristics with Guillermina – like their fuzzy hair – but once you learn to recognize Maia, she’s hard to forget.
Maia has a unique figure – rotund and almost triangular in shape – and her tail is about half the “normal” length of other elephants. Her right ear has a scar that looks almost like a bubble and is roughly the size of a human hand. You may notice in some videos that she has a tendency to flap her ears individually, or one at a time.