As of today, Bambi has officially been a resident of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil for three years. That’s three years of learning, growth, relationship building, deciding to make her own choices, and becoming part of a herd that’s perhaps helped her find her way to a beautiful sanctuary life.
There’s no denying that Bambi started out a little bit over-excited after meeting the other residents. With some help from Rana and Mara, she has become more grounded, centered and has learned more about what it means to be a good herd member and friend. Luckily for Guillermina, Bambi has taken these lessons and put them into practice by guiding Guille – in gentle ways – as she maneuvers through a new life, building unique relationships.
Over the last year, Bambi’s energy has evened out and we see more and more that her relationships with Rana and Mara (aka “The Powerpuff Girls”) are steadfast. But Bambi has had periods of reaching out both to Maia and Guillermina that show a maturity and a leadership quality that she might not have initially realized she had inside. Last year, Bambi saw Guille as a potential playmate and has now taken on more of an auntie role and helped to gently guide her into the fold, with a few lessons along the way.
Bambi’s journey inevitably changes herd dynamics, but it also changes how we approach her care – and her as an individual. Bambi seems to know herself more now and has a comfortability that surrounds her, no matter who she’s with. Her playful side remains strong and she remains the primary instigator of late night rumble and trumpet parties.
We are all delighted that Bambi is part of our sanctuary family. Three years ago, as with every new arrival, we weren’t sure what her journey would look like, especially, coming from a stark enclosure being fearful in past relationships. As is typical with elephants, she impressed us by embracing her new life with gusto and grace. The frightened and frail elephant we met hiding in the corner no longer exists; sanctuary has allowed her to find her true self. Happy Re-Birthday, Bambi. You’re a true superstar.