elephant behavior

Maia’s Growth

Early one day, Rana and Mara were ankle-deep in the pond when Maia showed up. Mara started vocalizing, and in response, Maia stopped. She turned her body around and pointed her rear towards them in a submissive gesture. It seemed to be clear communication that she was listening to Mara’s…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part I: Trimming Her Back Feet

It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Lady. When you acknowledge an elephants’ individuality, all elephants are complex, yet some are a little ‘harder’ than others. Lady is amazing, she gives you this wide eyes, crooked smile look, and you can’t help but melt. She’s silly and…...

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Lady’s Courage and Rana’s Patience

  Lady and Rana continue to spend time almost daily on opposite sides of the fence watching each other. Rana is usually very close to the fence and, while Lady is coming closer, she is still making sure she isn’t quite close enough to touch or be touched. Lady seems…...

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Step by Step

Lady is definitely becoming a little more confident in her approach with other elephants. For those who follow us on Instagram, you have already seen this video, but not the rest of the update. The video is Lady with Rana. Lady had come to the trough for a drink, and…...

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Lady and Ramba in the Barn

Lady continues to take steps forward in getting closer to the other girls. The video was taken after both girls had already been inside for 10-15 minutes. There are a few ‘best parts’ to this. The first one is Ramba was the one inside of the barn first. We let…...

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Finding Their Way Back to Themselves Is a Journey

We wished sanctuary instantly fixed everything the moment elephants arrived, but believing so would diminish the impact that a lifetime of captivity has on such an emotional, intelligent, and sensitive being. Some do seem to recover almost overnight, but for most, finding their way back to themselves is a journey.…...

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