elephant behavior

Maia at Dinner

Lovely Miss Maia coming for dinner. You can see she eats her veggies first, although it’s hard to tell which one. Pumpkin looks to be second and grain goes in on the third mouthful. It’s the grass eating that is mesmerizing. She takes big bites, but you can see she…...

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Rana Heading to Dinner

A short video of RanaBug at dinnertime. Many people had concerns about how well she would be able to get around, and as you can see, she does really well. Sometimes she steps with her front leg forward and bends at the ankle to compensate for her elbow, while other…...

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The Choice is Theirs

Miss Maia up front with a Guida lump in the background.  The girls are doing very well and alternating between all three of them spending time together and Rana going off on her own. The day after the rain storm was the first day that all three girls essentially spent…...

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Shifting Schedules

Lovely Miss Rana this morning at breakfast, out by the pond. As will happen for months, everyone’s schedule is shifting and adjusting. Although Maia and Guida were always good about staying away from the barn, since Rana’s arrival, they’re more likely to come back at times they wouldn’t have. Whether…...

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Rana Squeaks!

  One of the qualities that has made Rana easy to work with, from the very beginning, is that she emotes. At the hotel she wasn’t vocal, but she wore her emotions on her face. When working at other facilities, which are generally not set up to function safely around…...

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Space, Diversity & Freedom of Sanctuary

We’re taking a little break from the behavioral posts of the past week, but wanted to share this photo of Rana from the other day. We have been talking about the emotional and social side of what sanctuary offers elephants, but this photo shows the other part: an elephant lost…...

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