Maia Joins the Girls in Yard 4

Maia has been doing her usual wandering between Yards 4 and 5 – both spending time on her own and with the others. At one point, Bambi, Mara, Rana, and Guille were all in Yard 4 and so we decided to encourage Maia to shift over with the other elephants so that Yard 5 could get a good cleaning. We try to take our cues from the girls so, since four of them were already together, it made sense to bring Maia over to hang out with them for a while. 

Moving everyone into one space gave Maia a chance to spend time with Guille and say hello to the other ladies. After Yard 5 was reopened, everyone roamed about over there. They seem to be more comfortable with going back and forth between yards now. Guille may be a small exception, as she appears to see Yard 4 as a bit of a safe space. Just like when she felt the need to spend most of her time in the smaller yards, there are times when she behaves similarly with regards to Yard 4 – but not to the same degree. It may just be a preference for her, though we do like to encourage the elephants to venture outside of their comfort zones at times, which is why it was nice to see her join the others in Yard 5. 

Photo of Maia


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    Debbie Sides says

    I just love Maia’s squishy face!

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    Melinda says

    Girls just wanna have fun!

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    Tammy says

    What a smile pretty girl 🐘 🌺

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    Carey says

    Good for Maia, and for Guille, I get the feeling Maia might find it hard to be social all the time bless her which is why I’v been happy Rana has been nearby on occasion. I hope Guille and Maia refriended!

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      Sara says

      They’ve never “unfriended” each other. It’s natural for elephants to spend time apart – so nothing to worry about there.

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    Terry says

    I never have said ” Thank You” for all that you do for these sensational beings. I have learned so much about elephants with all the daily posts and Ele-facts. Your new Rumble podcasts have also been fantastic!

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      Sara says

      Thank you so much!

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    Barb says

    Let me mention that we are blessed to have such communications and updates from ESB! You can’t imagine how wonderful the supporters feel about these opportunities!

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