elephant behavior

Listen Up – Mara Wants Her Water Now

Mara is an absolute character. We have a spring-fed creek and several water troughs available throughout the habitat for the elephants to drink from. Rana prefers drinking out the troughs (which are emptied, scrubbed, and refilled daily). Maia and Lady are also fine drinking from the troughs, but Bambi and…...

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We Follow Their Lead

While the elephants have their regular routines, like all of us, they still have days when they decide to do something completely different. Recently, Mateus experienced one of these days. While checking to see where all of the elephants were, he found Rana near the barn, then headed off to…...

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Keeping an Eye on the Fun From Afar

Autonomy is an essential aspect of sanctuary. Giving elephants the ability to make their own decisions – even something as simple as choosing to stand in the sun or  the shade is a new experience for many captive elephants. Each elephant has different preferences, and it is both fascinating and…...

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EleFact Friday: The Role of a Matriarch

Our last few EleFACT Fridays have been about male elephants, so this week we’ll be focusing on matriarchs and their leadership status within the elephant herd. It can be said that the matriarch of a herd takes on the most important role of the family structure; she is often the…...

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Mendoza Mail: Learning is Different for Every Elephant

Things in Mendoza are progressing, albeit at a slow speed. Pocha continues to consistently do well with the behaviors required for her 30-day in-place quarantine. Guillermina is slowly returning to her normal self with training, but she isn’t fully there. Every elephant is very individual. Within that individuality, most of…...

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Elephant Behavior and Human Intuition

While Bambi has settled at sanctuary in terms of the relationships with other elephants and appreciation of the land, she doesn’t have the same depth of bond yet with the humans here. Though she likes her humans, the relationship tends to be a little superficial. She sees humans as more…...

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