Rana’s Reunion With Her Friends

After Rana’s second trip to the male Asian habitat, we opened the yard for her and she hurried back to her friends – and to a little trumpet party. Maia, Bambi, and Mara were enjoying the dirt and Guille was standing nearby after saying hello to the three of them. You can see the moment when Mara and Bambi notice Rana rapidly making her way toward them. Mara greeted her with her little “errr” noises and Bambi offered a few deep rumbles. 

It was interesting to see Maia stay with the group during the reunion. After spending much time to herself over the past year or so, she has been recovering and shifting – clearly wanting to be around other elephants more often. We have a curiosity as to whether she will eventually join in their vocalizations or if she will simply continue to quietly engage. Maia was once a very vocal elephant, but she tucked that part of herself away when Guida passed. As she continues to evolve, we wonder if she will choose to participate vocally or if she’ll remain comfortable just sharing space and companionship with the others. Either way, Rana received a warm welcome on her grand return home from another adventure.

P.S.: Don’t forget to tune in to Episode 3 of the Global Rumblings podcast today. You can find it wherever you get your podcasts or on our website. Podcasts are transcribed for the hearing impaired.


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    Pamela hall says

    This moment of heartwarming connection was brought to you by-GSE!!

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    Johnny says

    What a passel of pachyderms!!! 🐘

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    Nancy HartGold says

    Always love these updated, I’m also really enjoying the podcast!

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      Sara says

      Thank you!

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    Pam says

    I want to thank Scott and Kat SO much for the new podcast. I find listening to them share their experiences, the insights gained over their years of caring for elephants, and the stories of the individual elephants they’ve known and loved, both heart- and soul-stirring. Bless you for your work, and for sharing more of the journey with us in this way.

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      Sara says

      We hope you keep listening! There’s so much to share.

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    The MOST NOISE I have ever heard from a group of GSE elephants !!!!! Happy noises???

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      Sara says

      They’re greeting each other so they certainly seem to be very happy!

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    Wim says

    So wonderful to watch and hear these gatherings.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Music to our ears! This is so much fun, I can’t stop watching it over and over!

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    Patricia says

    They are so cute!!! So many vocalizations. I too hope Maia regains her joie de vivre. Grief can be long and complex. Love to everyone!

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    Terry says

    Peaches and Herb have nothing over their reunion!!!🤣🤣🤣

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