Rana the Nurturer


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.

June 28, 2020


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    Barb says

    Such a lovely tribute to Rana. I feel I know her better now and how she is truly a nurturing soul for her sisters.

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    andrea simonetti says

    que linda mi amor! que generosa!

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    Gramma Tammy says

    Amen ? so amazing to witness their new found love of life in that special role they each feel so important in being part of with their new family like no other they’ve had which we from the outside looking in are so lucky to be included in on this special journey with each of these beautiful gorgeous loving gentle souls so thank you for welcoming us all sharing their new lives of freedom hope love and joy, big hugs to all Gramma Tammy ???

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    Alejandra Enquin(Sandy) says

    Rana querida,tu actitud amigable,noble y serena te convierte en una estrella,que conservando un bajo perfil,sos indispensable en el grupo,como humilde en tu proceder y talentosa en unir amorosamente,sos un eslabon brillante en la cadena del amor y la amistad entre tus compañeras.Te amo ,preciosa elefanta.

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      Wim says

      We all need Rana to make our life more beautiful. She does have special loving powers it must be wonderful living in her world.

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    Alana says

    Those eyes, that face! I adore Rana Bug & I think she knows it.

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    Alana says

    P.S. I have on my office wall photo’s of all the girls who live / lived at GSB + Pulsa, , you guys are putting out amazing photo’s, I’m now regularly adding new ones. Each one my new favorite. I will soon need a bigger office. 🙂

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    Paula says

    Dulce Rana?
    Ella es una amorosa alma ❤
    Recuerdo los primeros videos donde conoció a Mara, como ella le “hablaba”…
    Me generan lágrimas de profunda emoción, yo nunca vi algo igual ??
    Gracias por lo que haces, bella dama Rana ??

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    To think of spending 50 YEARS ALONE, then to still have this loving heart. What a wonderful soul she is.

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    Juan Camilo Echeverri says

    Rana is awesome.

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    Jillyp says

    Rana is a beautiful soul and we can learn so much from her. She has so much love for everyone and gentle respect along with it. I LOVE Rana ❤️(and all the girls). Thank you for caring so for all these eles and for translating their amazing characters so well in writing to us all so we can know their beauty and individual ways. You have a wonderful gift and we are so grateful for your work, words, positivity and love & respect for the girls. You are truly amazing ?

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    Rosie P says

    I feel great sadness and anger that Rana lived for five decades without companionship of another elephant. But I also feel great joy knowing she has come home and is now among her own kind. She is forging her rightful place, gently and majestically as a leader, a comforter and a friend.
    Again, thank you is never enough for what you do and have done.

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    bo says

    Rana is magnificent, as all elephants are!
    And human beings should all take an example.

    How can you not be in love with elephants?

    Over the years, the more I read and follow the stories and learn about them, the ‘worse’ I fall in love with them,.
    So much that it honestly hurts me physically at times (esp when you hear and read the sad and cruel stories, I can’t handle those at all…) 🙁

    But then you read about the good and fun and sweet stories over there at the global sanctuary in Brazil, the devoted care takers who’s love for elephants seems to be unlimited and you cry because of the goodness and the love and the respectful treatment the elephants receive, the treatment they all deserve to receive and you wish all elephants that kind of paradise life!!!
    Bless all you care takers over at the sanctuary in Brazil!
    Greets from far away Belgium.

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    Sherry says

    You are so lucky to watch Rana and her personality!? ?She needs her very own lipstick for this job! Love her.??❤️
    Rana looks beautiful in the sunshine!☀️

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    Carey says

    Un-imaginable what she went through for 50 years. She is amazing, how much she needed you and sanctuary is intense , I remember how she and Ramba were close friends also. I’m sure her energy must be lovely, how much she has learned about interaction with others , but no wonder she was so needful of company in the beginning.

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