elephant behavior

EleFact Friday: Elephants During the Dry Season

Here in Brazil, we’re nearing the end of our dry season. For today’s EleFACT Friday, we want to examine how elephants behave in the dry season in the wild versus here at the sanctuary. ...

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Noises in the Night

When Scott and Kat are at the house in the evenings, they often hear a bit of noise coming from the habitat. Sometimes it can be rumbling or bellowing or trumpeting. Generally they make the decision on whether to go down to check on the elephants based on the energy…...

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Scott and Kat Answer Your Questions (Part 1)

We received an impressive number of questions in response to our invitation to “Ask Us Anything.” Last week, Trish took on the first round of answers, and now Scott and Kat take a turn with another set of your questions. We’ll be back soon with more responses – but, in…...

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Video: Maia Spends Time Near the Three at Dinner

Around dinner time last week, Mara, Bambi, and Rana showed up at the barn for their evening meal. Mara was let into the chute, as she generally requests, and the other two were given hay along the fence.  Around the same time, Maia ended up coming into the same yard,…...

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You Ask, We Answer: Why Do We Hold an Elephant’s Trunk

Several of you have asked why we hold an elephant’s nose while we are working with them in a treatment scenario. There are several nuanced reasons as to why, but two very important reasons are connection and protection....

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A Sly Lady Keeps Us On Our Toes

Elephants have ways of teaching us lessons, both small and large. Even the most seasoned of elephant caregivers get reminders that you must be on top of your game with every interaction, unless you want to be outsmarted. Lady gave us a small refresher on this a few days ago. ...

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