Female Asian Elephant



50-64 years old (no definitive records)

Forever Home

Elephant Sanctuary Brazil


Rana Bug


Very vocal and expressive, submissive with the other elephants, trying to figure out how to be a herd member


Ex-circus elephant for 40 years, taken off the road, no history for two years, then sent to a zoo at a hotel on the coast of Brazil for 7 years


Fused left elbow from injury at the age of 5, foot concerns (especially left front) and past indication of possible kidney compromise

Body Condition

Needs to build significant muscle, not overweight, but is flabby


Rana is a squeak machine whenever she leaves the barn after treatment.

Her Story From Circus and Zoos....

At the hotel, Rana was quiet and withdrawn but within a few days at sanctuary became a master communicator.

Spending time with Rana at the hotel, before her rescue, didn’t give us many clues as to who she was. Most of her days were spent eating, standing or throwing something in demand for more food. Contact was not only something she did not desire, but she seemed uncomfortable with it. Rana was an elephant who was apparently a shell of her true self, but thankfully she was ready for that to change.

At the sanctuary, Rana has become our loud girl. Joy is often brought to everyone’s day with the range of noises that come out of her and the volume in which she delivers them. If you hear a blaring trumpet up at the house, there is no question which elephant it is coming from. From her adorable squeaks to her fantastic deflated trumpets and her clear facial expressions, Rana shares her mood quite clearly.

Introductions with Maia and Guida went very well, but Rana became a little clingy and Maia and Guida sent a clear message that she needed to give them a little bit of space. Instead of continuing to be pushy with her affection, she is learning the importance of listening to your friends and respecting the wishes of others. Rana is doing everything right, and the relationship between the three elephants continues to build positively.

While she works on her socialization skills, nothing holds her back from enjoying every little thing that sanctuary has to offer. The wonders of nighttime were one of her first discoveries, and when you would drive out to check on her, she would be glowing with glee. Rana exudes utter bliss throughout the day, whether she is swimming, coating herself with thick layers of mud or quietly grazing from all nature has to offer. Her self-discovery has been astounding and will only continue with each passing day.

...to Sanctuary!

RANA’S HISTORY & RESCUE PAGE: If you would like to learn more about Rana’s history, rescue and her first days at sanctuary, please click here.

Ways To Support Rana

Rana's Care

Support Rana's Healing at Sanctuary

Getting elephants through the sanctuary gates is an enormous first step, but this is when the real work starts. You can help support Rana’s ailing body recover from a lifetime of neglect, while Maia helps her soul to heal.

Adopt Her

Become Her Ele-Guardian

Whether you adore Maia’s wacky ways and are taken aback by her ability to learn to trust again or have a soft spot for Rana, her sweet vocalization and appreciation of her newfound joys, you can show them some extra love and support. You can become their Ele-Guardian.