We have spoken about how some elephants respond differently to one caregiver over another. When we are adding new staff, we know that each one will have to learn about the specifics of elephants at sanctuary from the ground up, so we often look for people who have a certain personality or easygoing way about them. Though elephants often respond well to men, they don’t necessarily react as favorably toward those who are stern or have strong personalities. Lately, the ladies seem to be relaxed around one of our staff members, Guillerme. He has a bit of an easygoing way about him, which they almost certainly pick up on.
Guillerme recently saw Maia once again move nearer to Mara, Bambi, and Rana during their lunch. He’d just finished putting their food out and saw Maia watching from a distance. As they continued to eat, Maia decided to walk toward them a good bit. She wasn’t right next to them, but she got quite close, which you can see in the picture below.
This is the second time that Maia has moved close to the three girls when Guillerme was around. We don’t know if his energy is calming to Maia, but do find it curious that she seems interested in coming over to the other girls while he is feeding them. We will continue to keep an eye on Maia’s activities, both on her own and around her caregivers. Regardless, she keeps moving forward and increasing her confidence.
Photo of Maia headed down a habitat path