elephant behavior

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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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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