Miss Maia Comes Ever Closer

As you have seen, Maia has been increasing the amount of time she spends near the other girls. This could be the result of a combination of things – her growing confidence, Bambi’s change in energy, her bonds with old friends like Rana – but we will never know for certain. 

Last week, Maia was by the pond, in the same area as Mara, Bambi, and Rana. The three girls were heading toward the barn for Mara’s dinner while, at the same time, Maia was also walking in that direction. When Maia saw the others coming down the road nearby, she became watchful, wandering away from them and into the bushes a bit. 

After dinner, Maia seemed more comfortable sharing space closer to the others than usual, continuing her curiosity streak. Though she still is not ready to fully interact with them, it has become much more common to see her sharing space with them and calmly watching.

Photo of Maia, Rana, and Mara


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    John says

    When does the rainy season typically start? It looks so dry there. Great to hear about Maia.

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      Kat Blais says

      it rained just a couple of days ago, but that was a very early rain. it looks like it’s thinking about it again today. but full rains are a few weeks away.

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    Tammy says

    Wonderful to hear Maia is warming up to the girls this is so heartwarming 😘 🐘 💞

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    Julie says

    I know it has been Maia’s decision to get some alone-time lately, which is nice in itself, but it is quite nice to hear about her growing confidence and social inclinations. Thank you for the Maia update!

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    Marcia says

    I just feel certain that Rana is whispering little bits of encouraging messages into Maia’s ear during Rana’s recent increase in interactions with her… LOL

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    Wim says

    Making good progress Miss Maia you’re becoming a very big bush baby. 🙏🐘❤️

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    Sandy says

    So happy Maia is making strides to truly join the herd! Her heart must truly be healing. On another note, any chance GSE has been contacted about bringing Ely at the awful zoo in Mexico to the Brazil or TN sanctuaries? Mexico unjustly keeps Ely captive, denying her freedom. Neither the Government nor the zoo staff show any empathy or awareness about her rights as a NON-HUMAN sentient being. Would you have room for her if she is granted freedom?

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      Kat Blais says

      We can’t speak for the sanctuary in TN, but we have been in contact with those working on on Ely’s rescue.

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    Anita J says

    Maia is still grieving after loss of her friend. She may grieve for the rest of her life. But it is nice to know she is also slowly opening up to new friendships in her live. For me, personally, anything those girls do is fine! I celebrate those freedoms of choice for them and with them.

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    Audrey says

    With the torment Maia went through with that other elephant in her compound, I’m sure she’s a little leery of others. As soon as she realizes the girls were in somewhat of the same predicament, she’ll come around and they’ll all become good friends/family. ❤️ 🐘

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      Kat Blais says

      Maia was actually the bully of her facility. She used to beat up on Guida, knock her down, and hit her. But she has always been insecure, and her aggression seemed to be out of the desire to hurt someone before they hurt her. It’s not the same time we’ve seen it in an elephant before. she just isn’t ready yet, and that’s just fine. 🙂

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    Audrey says

    Thank you. I got them confused, I thought she was the one being bullied & forced to stay in the barn for refuge. It’s been awhile.

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    Carmen Dalziel says

    Bambi was the ele who took refuge from her ‘cellmate’

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