elephant behavior

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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Pocha and Guille Have Their First Open Meet and Greet

This week, Pocha and Guillermina finally felt comfortable enough to share open space with Bambi, Mara, Maia, and Rana. The two had been showing interest in the “Powerpuff Girls,” getting excited whenever they heard rumbles or trumpeting from the three. So, we opened the gates between Yards 3 and 4.…...

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Honoring the Process: What Progress Looks Like

When elephants first arrive at sanctuary, it is easy for humans to slip into a fairytale ideal of what we want their new life to look like. As much as we’d like for elephants to run out of their crates, embrace the outdoors, and make friends right away, not only…...

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Pocha and Guille Step Cautiously Into Yard 4

This week, Pocha and Guille took what is, for them, a big step in expanding their comfort zone within the sanctuary. For the most part, they’ve been content to remain in the three yards closest to the barn – not really looking past those boundaries. Now they are sensing there…...

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