Mara, Rana, and Bambi have been having late night rumble-fests recently. We will hear bellowing, giant rumbles, trumpets, squeaks, and more. They frequently cycle through what feels like every possible vocalization for happy celebrating elephants. It’s incredible to hear and experience. They aren’t just overwhelmingly happy parties; it’s a sort of a reunion party. They are overwhelmed to run into each other, even though they saw each other recently (sometimes just a couple of minutes ago). The celebrations frequently go on and on. It’s quite endearing and leaves Bambi with a massive smile on her face. Even when they aren’t physically in the same yard, they seem to have a genuine appreciation for each other.
Though we experience a closeness with elephants every day, there are still those moments when the joy, exuberance, and gratitude that the elephants have and experience are so profound that it just stops you. After decades of working with elephants in a sanctuary setting, you still have moments like these that make you pause and feel nothing but gratitude. It’s impossible to forget the impact of sanctuary, even for a moment, but to witness moments like these late-night parties between Mara, Rana, and Bambi, truly defines what sanctuary is about.
As an organization, we are so very grateful to give them this chance to celebrate life and freedom in a way that other facilities never could. It’s magical to be a part of, and it’s a joy to observe.
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Cintia Abney saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:14 pm
I just love the fact that they have to party every time they re-meet.. with all their vocalization repertoire :). And it feels my heart with joy specially for Bambi, who is so splendorous and appreciative of the friendship she finds in them ❤️
Carol saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm
awwww…party on girlsssss
FRANCINE FORD saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:23 pm
Thank you for sharing this with ALL of us, Kat. After all truth be told, we live our lives with these BEAUTIFUL souls vicariously through all of you who actually are living our dreams of what it’s like sharing your everyday life with The GGs (Golden Girls).
As you tell each story, I am transported. I can see the sites, smell the fields, jungle & forest & hear the sounds of all kinds of animals & then there’s the rumbles, snorts, squeaks & trumpeting that come from these lovely ladies; sounds of happiness & contentment; the sounds of SANCTUARY.
Coming here to see what y’all are up to is my SANCTUARY. Thank you!
Tammy saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:34 pm
Magical is right something you’ve all worked so very hard for these special glorious silly moments that truly let you know you have accomplished what we all want so badly for these gorgeous girls sounds of true honest to goodness joy, happiness and of true love for one another they are a family now…thank you! ???????????
John saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:37 pm
Just when I think your posts can’t get any more wonderful, you top yourself! Keep them coming!
Ercie saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:43 pm
Have Mara and Bambi shared a yard again.
Victoria B saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 4:51 pm
Makes my heart happy just to hear about it. And right now, especially, I think we all need as much happy as we can get. Thank you for sharing! ❤️
Laura saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 5:12 pm
These lovely girls continue to provide the happiest moments in a year of bleakness and chaos. Thank you all for these posts, and for your continued dedication to these elephants and to keeping your supporters in the loop. I can’t wait for the new arrivals to join this remarkable herd!
Sunny saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm
Beautiful post ☺
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Love that “late night rumble- fests!! To read about these beautiful souls that spent their entire life in captivity and now enjoy the simplest joys of meeting up with friends that to them is everything fills my heart up, The healing of sanctuary is truly a wonderful thing to enjoy through your descriptive posts. Thank you for loving and caring for these gentle beings that deserve so much freedom and happiness.
Wim saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Well when the girls start partying you’d better watch out. Wonderful they have enough positive energy. Sanctuary seems to be working brilliantly. ?
Bernadette saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm
How fantastic. You all must be so thrilled. Would love to hear a recording of these late night parties
Carrie vornkahl saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm
That is so awesome! So glad they sound like they are very very happy!!
Debbie Sides saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 6:07 pm
I can’t imagine actually being there and feel the vibrations from the runbles and the sound of trumpets and squeaks! Absolute joy!
Barb saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm
Simply beautiful to hear about the interactions of the precious girls at ESB! I wish I could hear their vocalizations.
Alana saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 6:56 pm
Can you record (audio) one of these parties?
Bobi StaySee saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 8:19 pm
After decades of isolation and being cut off from others like themselves, how magical to bump into each other and in the middle of nighttime — no more loneliness. A celebration of reunion!
Katie Howard saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Thanks for sharing this! We could all use a little “Rumble Party Aura” in our lives right now! Those girls are so lucky (finally!) Much love to them all, and to you.
SHEILA saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 10:30 pm
SUCH LOVELY INFO! THANKS?IM SURE THE SOCIAL WORKER MATRIARCH RANA IS ALWAYS CHECKING ON ALL THE LADIES! SO NICE MARA AND RANA R CARING ABOUT BIG ?BAMBI‼️ SHES SO LOVELY IN HER IMMATURE SORTA WAY AT TIMES JUST WANTING LOVE AND CARING FROM SISTERS! WHO KNOW MAYBE AN ANIMAL LIKE A LEOPARD FROM “THE PANTANAL” WAS HUNTING AROUND?❓ ALL IN ALL ITS WONDERFUL GREAT MUSIC IN THE NIGHT?
Nishant Bhajaria saysJanuary 12, 2021 at 11:19 pm
How is Mara doing health-wise?
Kat Blais saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 1:42 pm
She is doing ok, we’ll be posting an update on her in the next few days.
Kenneth Newman saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 1:15 am
I am SO looking forward toward Guillermina and Pocha joining them in February!!!!! That 4-5 day journey will be both exciting and a little nerve racking…………And then Tamy and Kenya also will be leaving Mendoza, maybe in June, July? I do have MAJOR concerns about Tamy being depressed after he sees his wife and child leave the Ecoparque……Please try and finish at least some of Tamy’s area of smaller yards by May, or June?…. so he can be transported ASAP, to be with his family…..
Sallie saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 1:54 am
So happy to read this update re “Rumblesville”, and the endearment and always celebration between Mara, Rana and Bambi! I LOVE that every day is a “Reunion” for them!
Rosie P saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 3:48 am
It certainly makes me glow with happiness to hear about the girls enjoying their friendships, freedom and loving human kindness at last.
Proud to be a supporter and a member of the sanctuary family……always!
Shirley Taylor saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 6:03 am
It is wonderful to read your updates and makes me so happy for these girls. You do wonders with them. The care and love shows in what you write. Massive thanks for all you do for the girls and the humans who follow you.xx
margareta Kjellström saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 9:45 am
I wish I was with you!
Carey saysJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:18 pm
It must be simply stunning to hear, I would love to hear it too, and watch their night time activities
Marcia saysJanuary 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Imagine each of them realizing, over and over again, “This is REAL!” It wasn’t a dream. We really ARE still here! Overwhelming.
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