Maia and Guille Graze Near Guida’s Grave

Prior to the dry season, we bushhog the yards to make sure that the grass is short, so that it stays nice for the elephants. We alternate where we cut, so there’s always some fresh-cut grass growing around the habitat. There is some new growth currently in the area of Guida’s grave in Yard 5. When the caregivers were cleaning Yard 4, the larger group of girls shifted over to Yard 5 and the staff caught a glimpse of Maia and Guillermina grazing on Guida’s grave. 

Generally, when Maia goes into Yard 5, she heads across the creek – which is a place where she and Guida used to spend time. But we don’t often see elephants in the area of Guida’s grave. It was actually quite sweet that Maia and Guille were there together, especially since when they’re in Yard 5, they go to separate areas. They had a calm energy as they relaxed and had a snack near Maia’s old friend.

Photo of Guillermina


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    Beji says

    Just look at that cutie..she’s awesome!

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    Barb says

    She is looking quite fetching with her fuzzy top!

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    Julie says

    Nice to think about Maia at Guida’s grave with Guille.

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    Tammy says

    Bless their hearts 🙏💕

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    Debbie Sides says

    Her fuzzy head is too cute!

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    Carolyn Clarke says

    What a poignant image you describe of of our two bereaved girls spending time together grazing by Guida’s grave.
    Where is Pocha’s grave located in the Sanctuary and does Guille show any indication that she is aware of the location.
    It is wonderful that Guille had her Sanctuary herd to buffer the loss of her mother, and wasn’t left alone and bereft in that horrible pit.

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      Sara says

      Pocha’s grave is in Yard 3, near the barn. Guille doesn’t visit the space specifically, but there’s no way of knowing what she’s aware of. It’s likely that she is aware of something.

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    Maureen says

    Maybe Maia was explaining to her new friend Guille all about her old friend Guida, and then took her over for a visit to introduce them. (I will always think that is possible ).

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    Terry says

    Healing and growing together!

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