elephant behavior

Lady and Mateus Learn From One Another

Lady is an elephant that keeps everyone on their toes. It’s something we adore about her. She will look at us with her crooked smile, and one particular expression in her eyes, and we know she is feeling spunky, spry, and things have the possibility of becoming interesting. When she’s…...

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Are Elephant Families Like Human Families? (and some Big Payback news)

With Tamy’s fundraiser via The Big Payback less than a week away (May 5th – 6th), we’ve received a number of questions about Tamy – many about his relationship with Pocha and Guillermina, why he can’t be in the same enclosure with them now, and why they likely won’t spend…...

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Maia and Rana – To Play or Not to Play

There are times we find Rana close to the barn without Mara and Bambi around. Most often it’s to clean up scraps the other two have left behind. One recent morning, when she was near the barn, Maia was nearby as well. While Maia has been sharing space with the…...

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Bambi Protects Us From “Scary” Tapirs

Some days, Mara, Bambi, and Rana have begun showing up closer to the barn in the later afternoon, instead of 10 pm. We changed up their feeding schedule recently and they have adapted well. We hoped that by adjusting their routine, they would stay out in the habitat, during a…...

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Mendoza Mail – Guillermina’s Progress and Challenges

Things at the Ecoparque Mendoza have been a little challenging recently. Training is a process, whether you are training a dog, an elephant, or a child. Even outside of training, Guillermina is complex, due to her limited life experiences and strong-willed personality, which we’ve always been aware of....

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An Easygoing Afternoon With Lady and Rana

Rana and Bambi were both at the barn one recent morning, while Mara was near the pond in Yard 4, seemingly quite relaxed. It’s out of the ordinary for Bambi and Mara to spend time apart, so Scott asked Rana and Bambi to follow his four-wheeler out to Mara. Bambi accompanied him…...

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