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It’s Mara’s 4th Re-Birthday!

Can you believe our luck? We have back-to-back elephant re-birthdays! Yesterday was Guillermina’s 2nd anniversary of coming to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil and today is Mara’s 4th anniversary. Mara is perhaps our most mysterious elephant; she studies the world at all times and has no problem sizing you up to see exactly what your focus is. She’s always been one to make sure we know what she needs. But her sweet vocalizations and gorgeous golden eyes remind you that she also has a softer side.

Over the course of the past year, Mara has run the gamut on her relationships. A year ago, she, Bambi, and Rana were a tight group that we lovingly called “The Powerpuff Girls.” Where one went, the others weren’t far behind (except when Rana would take a walkabout and explore). You could hear them call to each other at night and they’d have parties with trumpets and rumbles whenever the mood hit them. However, the past few months have reflected a change in dynamics that Mara may have instigated. 

A few months ago, Mara apparently decided that Bambi was no longer viewed as a tight-knit member among the three girls. We don’t know why this happened, but Mara seemed certain about how she felt; Bambi wasn’t part of the threesome anymore, though they have shared space without any animosity. Where Mara once had a protector, she now was more vulnerable without her sidekick. But she and Rana have remained close and still can be seen together frequently. 

Rana and Mara have always had a special bond. When Mara arrived, Rana was so excited to have a new friend and, once they were situated in the same yard, Mara became smitten with Rana in return. Mara would follow Rana around like a kid sister, to the point where Rana started to seem like she needed space. In fact, for some time after her arrival, Mara would often keep her up all night and Rana would be extra sleepy in the mornings. Mara eventually settled down, but has always been resolute in her feelings – whether about people or elephants. 

After four years, Mara is still shaking things up at the sanctuary. We don’t know what she’ll do next with regard to her relationships, but we are pretty sure that she’ll play a part in how herd dynamics change moving forward.

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Te AMO MARA de mi ❤💯💘para siempre y desde siempre.Lloré de alegría en plena pandemia viendote subir al transporte ,los humanos encerrados en sus casas en Buenos Aires y vos tesoro partiendo a TU LIBERTAD!!! GRACIAS SANTUARIO!!

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    JamesMichael says

    Happy-Happy -Happy 4th ReBirthday, Mara – a lady that knows what she wants and knows who she is . A sweet young girl , enjoy your day and all the days to come .

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    Terry says

    Oh Happy #4 Mara!!! However the herd dynamics go…Im glad you are a big part of it all!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    I remember when she arrived–my how time flies!! Beautiful video!

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    Sheila says

    HAPPY. 4TH BIRTHDAY. MZ MARA. ITS TOO BAD U ARE NOT TIGHT WITH POOR SWEET BAMBI NOW. MAYBE. WE WILL GROW FOND OF HER AGAIN I HOPE. BAMBI JUST NEEDS HELP NOW WITH SEEING HER WAY, HOPE U CAN HELP BAMBI SOMETIME IF SHE FALLS DOWN. MARA

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    Beji says

    Happy Birthday, little darling

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