Sunset at the Sanctuary

“When you look away from the sun, everything else is illuminated.”

      – Derek DelGaudio, In and Of Itself

We just wanted to share a pure, honest moment of life at sanctuary. Here, Mara and Bambi had come to the barn for dinner and a check-up and were on their way back into the habitat. The two elephants’ silhouettes come together and, for a brief few seconds, the sun disappears; you see only the shape of their bodies, walking. Sometimes the silly things they do are fun to share, but it’s the quiet, everyday moments like this that show what sanctuary truly is. They are simply at home.


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    JR Jenkins says

    Beautiful. And contrary to conventional wisdom ….. You can go home again ….

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    Sue says

    So very beautiful. Thank you for sharing this moment with us. Two beautiful giants living their lives ❤️🐘❤️

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    Alana says

    Award winning clip! Just beautiful in so many ways & I agree the best is the girls looking so content.

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    Mary says

    I learned about your sanctuary with the article that the NYT did on Mara. Then I followed the story of Bambi and fell in love with her. It is so sweet to see these two girls develop such a lovely friendship.

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    Julie says

    Truly beautiful! I keep saying to myself you all could put together a Sanctuary Meditation CD of hours of stuff like this. Just an idea for the online store.

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Una belleza superlativa,las chicas libres y felices🌿🐘🐘🌿,el Santuario 🙏💕y ese sol de pelicula.Gracias por este paraiso en la Tierra!!

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    John says

    Such gentle giants. I can’t even hear their footsteps as they get close! Wondrous video.

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    Christine J Strickling says

    Beautiful and peaceful.

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    Beji says

    For just a brief moment, all is right with the 🌎world

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    Bill says

    For them, the world is at peace and they are free.

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    Alice says

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Barb says

    Simply beautiful art in motion! Gorgeous!

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    Tammy says

    So serene just beautiful…..

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    Anita J says

    Breath taking, enchanted place! And those two beautiful girls, at peace, at long last. Full of gratitude and love for you, for creating such an amazing place for these beautiful creatures. I can’t believe this perfect friendship between those two girls. It is like they knew each other for decades. Heart warming viewing…..xoxoxo

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