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.