elephant behavior

Working Things Out

In this video, Rana is standing along the fence line with Maia and Guillermina after eating. Ready to move on, Guillermina walks up quickly behind Rana. Because of Guille’s recent lapse into less-than-respectful behavior, Rana takes notice and quickly steps out of the way. Maia is unphased because both she…...

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EleFact Friday: The Importance of Older Males

For last week’s EleFact, we talked about the role of grandmothers in the calf rearing process. This week, we’re going to look at the role of older males in an all-male group – a category of elephant that trophy hunters often focus on because they are deemed redundant for breeding…...

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Mara Joins Guille, Maia, and Bambi

Gradually, we are seeing more occurrences of all the elephants spending time together in the same area. In this video, even though Rana isn’t there, Mara approaches Guillermina, Maia, and Bambi and she is being vocal with her herd mates. Bambi starts to walk away but then stops and starts…...

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More on Understanding Guillermina

Last week, we wrote a post about some of the changes and cycles that Guillermina has been going through and how they are impacting her relationships with the others. As you all may know, healing is not linear and Guille has an incredibly unique situation that requires deep inner work…...

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EleFact Friday: Powerful Grandmothers

We’ve spoken in the past about elephant mothers and babies, but what about grandmothers and elephant calves? This week’s EleFact will focus on the role that grandmothers play in the survival of calves and the breeding success of their daughters....

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Bambi isn’t Ready for Mara’s Company Yet

For the past couple of weeks, the elephants have been spending time fairly close together. We do still see a separation between Bambi and Mara, though. Mara seems to be pursuing Bambi a little, and we’re not really sure why that is. Perhaps she’s trying to make amends – there’s…...

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