Bambi

Maia and Bambi’s Barrier-Free Introduction

With everything that has gone on lately, one of our mini elephant introductions slipped through the cracks. Maia was the first elephant to be introduced to Bambi without a barrier between them. Although Maia is generally not the first elephant we would do this with, we try to allow the…...

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Bambi’s Skin at the Zoo and Now at Sanctuary

When we first met Bambi at the zoo on September 17th, Bambi had a considerable amount of old skin built-up on her forehead, ears, legs, belly, and even vulva. This was a result of years of not being bathed (we were told she did not like water) or given access…...

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The Rain Has Blessedly Begun

Thankfully, the rain began yesterday. We had a short 5-10 minute rainstorm yesterday morning and another storm yesterday afternoon with light rain. Then, last night at around 9:00 p.m., we had a fairly heavy rainstorm. It was a steady downpour that lasted 20-30 minutes. These small bouts of rain are…...

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Frozen Treats All Around!

When the weather is hot, most elephants enjoy frozen treats. We dilute Gatorade with water, add cut-up fruit, and then freeze them in blocks for the girls. When it was just Maia and Guida, Maia enjoyed them, but Guida hated them. Guida would throw or kick them away from her,…...

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Spending All of Their Time Together

Rana, Mara, and Bambi are continuing to spend all their time together, including mealtime, resulting in some hilarity. Bambi is very enthusiastic – she is likely the most energetic creature (including the humans!) at the Sanctuary during this heatwave. Rana and Mara continue to be very lazy and unmotivated in…...

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The Evolving Dynamics

With all the recent introduction videos, we are frequently asked if any of the elephants are dominant and how a third elephant is changing Mara and Rana’s dynamic. We wanted to take the time to talk about it in depth. Before beginning, it’s important to note that elephants are herd…...

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