elephant behavior

Guille and Pocha Break Trees

Guillermina and Pocha are the kind of elephants that occasionally announce their presence before you can see them – but not always through vocalizations. Sometimes you can tell exactly where they are by just listening for tree limbs breaking....

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EleFact Friday: Stereotyping Behavior

Since Pocha and Guillermina’s arrival at sanctuary, we’ve shared a little bit in video and text about some repetitive behaviors they have shown. Today, for EleFACT Friday, we want to speak a bit on this and explain what stereotyping behavior means. ...

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Gentle Interactions Between Elephants

Pocha and Guillermina are moving forward in their relationships with the other girls at their own paces. Each day, we keep the gates to Yard 4 – where Bambi, Mara, Maia, and Rana spend their time – open to them, in case they feel up to visiting their new friends…...

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Lady Almost Touches Guille

During Pocha’s recent wanderings into Yard 4, when she briefly lost track of Guillermina, we were doing our best to help reunite mother and daughter. While looking for Pocha, we saw Lady walk up to the fence that separates Yard 5, where she was spending time, from Yard 4, where…...

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Guillermina’s Lesson From Maia

We’ve mentioned before that Guillermina has spent much of her life with little to no discipline from Pocha, who has generally let Guille do whatever she wants. Knowing this, it’s important to be mindful of how individual interactions will play out once the two elephants begin to expand their social…...

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Guillermina’s Growth

We make it a priority not to set expectations when new elephants arrive, and Pocha and Guillermina have been a reminder that growth and healing doesn’t always happen on a predetermined schedule. Even before her first days at sanctuary, Guille has been different in many ways from other elephants we’ve…...

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