elephant behavior

Pocha’s Search For Herself

As we watch Pocha navigate her journey here at sanctuary, it is becoming clear that she may have a longer road to healing than her daughter. Both she and Guillermina have to learn who they are as individuals and, for Pocha, that means making decisions on her own, without her…...

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Guillermina Bumps Others

As we mentioned last week, Guillermina is still in the process of learning the best ways to live with other elephants. She has a very young and boisterous personality that, while often charming, can seem a little much for some. Still, the other elephants are doing their best to learn…...

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Guillermina’s Lessons To Learn

Guillermina brings a lot of charm and energy to the sanctuary. Because she never had a “normal” childhood, she is spending much of her time here being a big and boisterous kid. The other elephants find her engaging, but they are also getting used to being around a younger elephant…...

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Ingo: On Being Vulnerable

This week, Ingo is back to talk about what he’s learned – and is learning – about being vulnerable with elephants in our care. Among the most important things he emphasizes about communicating with elephants is being honest about your feelings and state of mind. “Don’t pretend to be someone…...

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EleFact Friday: Elephant Yawns

It’s EleFACT Friday again and this week we’ll be talking about something we all do, possibly every day: yawn. Spontaneous yawning can be seen in most vertebrate classes, including elephants. But are elephants capable of what’s known as “contagious yawning”?...

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Guille Puts Her Trunk In Everyone’s Mouth

As we talked about last week, Guillermina is expressing some of her childlike behaviors within a remarkably patient group of elephants. She may occasionally try their patience, but mostly in innocent ways. Lately, after the group eats, Guille will walk from elephant to elephant, just being social; she greets them,…...

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