elephant behavior

A Long Journey: The Learning Curve For New Caregivers

Elephants, particularly older individuals and those dealing with injuries and ailments, require a particular kind of care at sanctuary. Elephants are unique in their needs and their healing processes – so even those with experience caring for animals have a lot to learn about the specialized care required in this…...

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An Apple a Day? Not For Mara

In over 30 years of working with elephants, we have never known an elephant as picky as Mara. During a recent meal, she began checking her whole apples for medicine. We like to think that we are very clever; however, we are apparently not clever enough to hide an elephant-sized dose…...

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EleFact Friday: Jacobson’s Organ

Happy EleFACT Friday! Have you heard of the Jacobson’s organ? Named after Ludwig Jacobson, it is also known as the vomeronasal organ or VNO and helps elephants in pheromone detection. Other mammals, reptiles, and amphibians also have one. When elephants can’t collect all the information they need about something through…...

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Bambi Creates Her Own Excitement

SOUND ON!! Bambi continues to make us laugh daily with her antics. Recently, Mara was eating in the chute, with Rana and Bambi outside in the yards. They all love each other and, sometimes, they try to touch Mara through the bars as she is eating, which can be a little distracting....

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She’s a Sensitive Lady

Lady is a very sensitive elephant.  She is in tune with everything around her and is very unsure around new people....

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Today’s Facebook Live – Video of Bambi, Mara, and Rana

For those who are not on social media, we wanted to share the Scott’s video of Bambi, Mara, and Rana, shot live from Yard 4, near the Yard 4B water trough. As you can see, Mara is doing much better. Her health issue does seem to be chronic, but she…...

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