elephant behavior

EleFact Friday: The Power of Scent

This week’s EleFact will focus on the power of scent in the life of an elephant. For both Asian and African elephants, odor is an essential communicator of all types of information – both among individuals and between an elephant and its environment. Pheromones are used by animals to send…...

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EleFact Friday: Captivity and the Brain

We’ve seen firsthand the impact that most captive environments have on elephants; it can cause them to exhibit stereotypical behaviors, encourage obesity and arthritis, contribute to early deaths of adults and babies, and lead to dozens of other negative consequences. After decades of studying the brains of elephants and other…...

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EleFact Friday: Body Awareness in Elephants

In a previous EleFact, we discussed the idea that elephants are self-aware and potentially have the ability to recognize themselves in the mirror. This week, we’ll take that idea a step further by examining the ability of elephants to have body awareness, or an understanding of their place in an…...

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Who is Sleeping Deep in Yard 4?

While Lady has been in the male Asian yards, the other elephants have been in Yard 4. There’s a spot across the creek in that yard that is gorgeous, but for some reason, the girls don’t go to that frequently. There is a type of red-tipped grass that grows there…...

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EleFact Friday: Miraculous Elephant Mothers

Not too long ago, we asked our readers to submit questions that we could answer with EleFacts. One of the most popular topics mentioned surrounded elephant pregnancy and birth. Though none of the elephants currently at the sanctuary have ever been pregnant to our knowledge, this week, we are going…...

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EleFact Friday: Sanctuary Enrichment

Here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, we do our best to provide our residents with the most natural life possible, allowing them to explore the habitats and take in all the wonders of the environment around them. Recently, we’ve received some questions about enrichment. For instance, why do other sanctuaries provide…...

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