elephant behavior

You Ask, We Answer: Why Do Ongoing Training?

After a recent video showing a curious Lady watching one of Mara’s post-dinner training sessions, we had a few questions about why we continue training sessions with elephants after they have been here for quite some time. The answer is simple, but important: to provide essential medical care for them. ...

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Lady’s Migratory Patterns

In the last few weeks, Lady has created a bit of a personal migration pattern, moving fairly regularly between Yards 1 and 5. She will spend a day or two at the barn, then wander back and spend another day back in her favorite distant grazing spots. The next morning…...

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Sanctuary Memories: Rana’s Call to Her Sisters

As part of our ongoing Sanctuary Memories series, Kat shares a memory of Rana that she’s always felt was profound. It is a reminder that, though captive elephants approach healing in unique ways, elephants often know fairly quickly when they are in a safe and restorative place....

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EleFact Friday: Stormy Weather

Happy EleFACT Friday. We’ve shared with you about how our elephants react to the cold, but what about their behaviors during the stormy season?...

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Video: Maia’s Expressive Eyes

Maia has eyes that are uniquely expressive and show her excitement or curiosity in a dramatic and charming fashion. She often wants to know what is going on around her, but doesn’t always turn her head or her body, as other elephants might. Instead, she uses her eyes, moving them…...

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Video: A Curious Lady Watches Mara Up Close

It seems that Lady’s curiosity is pushing her to expand her circle of comfort just a bit. On a recent evening, she traveled from Yard 5 into the yards closer to the barn around dinnertime. This is pretty unusual for Lady because, once she goes into her favorite spots in…...

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