elephant behavior

Bambi’s Mood Shifts a Little

We shared last week that Mara and Maia spent a few calm minutes together, standing very close to one another, with Maia even touching Mara a few times. For some reason, the dynamics among Bambi, Mara, and Rana seem to have shifted a little since then. Perhaps Mara realized that…...

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EleFact Friday: Protected Contact That Heals

Many of our supporters know that a big part of sanctuary is honoring the space and boundaries of elephants. For today’s EleFACT Friday, we want to speak more about protected contact, what it means, and how it safeguards everyone here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. We recently posted a video of…...

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Mara and Maia Have a Calm Interaction

A few days ago, Mara was on a solo trip to the barn for dinner. As Mateus and Kairo were setting up the gates so she could head into the smaller yards, Maia showed up and was standing fairly near Mara. They realized that Maia had joined her when they…...

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The Four Ladies At the Fence

As the construction team continues to work on the male Asian elephant habitat, we noticed Bambi, Mara, Rana, and Maia all lined up along the nearby fenceline to take a look. We’re not exactly sure what was so interesting to them that day, but we did note that it was…...

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EleFact Friday: Respectful Interactions Among Sanctuary Residents

For this EleFact Friday, we thought we’d address some of the questions we often get about the elephants’ relationships (or lack thereof) with other animals around the sanctuary. From wildlife to furry friends, we have no shortage of critters running around, in and out of the habitats. While the elephants…...

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Mara Sneaks Away From Her Friends

Kat was working up the hill from the habitat one recent afternoon and heard a ruckus coming from down below – roaring, bellowing, and all sorts of vocalizing. Oftentimes, this happens when one of the three (Bambi, Mara, and Rana) gets separated from the others, and two of them are…...

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