Rana has a bit of a reputation for being our most social elephant. She is the unofficial welcoming committee of the sanctuary and is usually the first to meet our new arrivals. Her calm demeanor and willingness to adjust to another elephant’s needs make her perfect for this.
Despite having Mara as her constant companion, Rana still enjoys spending time around the others. When Maia or Lady is around, she tends to act as the buffer and stands in the middle smiling. She doesn’t outwardly appear to do much, but her easy-going, open energy seems to be something all of the girls resonate with. It brings comfort to both Lady and Mara, who are a bit insecure, and settles down Maia’s high energy.
To see her embrace the herd role she has fallen into is beautiful to watch, especially when thinking about the 50 years she spent alone. Rana is clearly a nurturer.
Photo of Rana, just glowing.