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Late Night Rumble-Fests

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.

Comments(28)

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    Cintia Abney says

    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 ❤️

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    Carol says

    awwww…party on girlsssss

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    FRANCINE FORD says

    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!
    ❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘

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    Tammy says

    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! 💞🐘💞🐘💞🐘💞🐘💞🐘💞

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    John says

    Just when I think your posts can’t get any more wonderful, you top yourself! Keep them coming!

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    Ercie says

    Have Mara and Bambi shared a yard again.

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    Victoria B says

    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! ❤️

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    Laura says

    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!

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    Sunny says

    Beautiful post ☺

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    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.

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    Wim says

    Well when the girls start partying you’d better watch out. Wonderful they have enough positive energy. Sanctuary seems to be working brilliantly. 🙏

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    Bernadette says

    How fantastic. You all must be so thrilled. Would love to hear a recording of these late night parties

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    Carrie vornkahl says

    That is so awesome! So glad they sound like they are very very happy!!

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    Debbie Sides says

    I can’t imagine actually being there and feel the vibrations from the runbles and the sound of trumpets and squeaks! Absolute joy!

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    Barb says

    Simply beautiful to hear about the interactions of the precious girls at ESB! I wish I could hear their vocalizations.

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    Alana says

    Can you record (audio) one of these parties?

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    Bobi StaySee says

    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!

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    Katie Howard says

    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.

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    SHEILA says

    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😍

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    How is Mara doing health-wise?

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      Kat Blais says

      She is doing ok, we’ll be posting an update on her in the next few days.

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    Kenneth Newman says

    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…..

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    Sallie says

    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!

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    Rosie P says

    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!

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    Shirley Taylor says

    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

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    margareta Kjellström says

    I wish I was with you!

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    Carey says

    It must be simply stunning to hear, I would love to hear it too, and watch their night time activities

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    Marcia says

    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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