elephant behavior

Maia and Her Heavenly Grass

Maia headed back to the barn after spending an inordinate amount of time gorging on the fresh grass across the creek in Yard 5. Bambi was in Yard 1, spending time with Mara and Rana through a fence. The other two were in Yard 2, which does not share a…...

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Maia Loves Yard 5

While Rana, Mara, Bambi, and Lady have all fallen into a routine, Maia has shown no interest in leaving Yard 5 or doing much socializing with the others, which is a routine in itself. She spends most of her time across the creek, in the area that burned during the…...

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The Evolving Dynamics

With all the recent introduction videos, we are frequently asked if any of the elephants are dominant and how a third elephant is changing Mara and Rana’s dynamic. We wanted to take the time to talk about it in depth. Before beginning, it’s important to note that elephants are herd…...

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Maia’s Unique Ability

Captivity changes elephants. Even once they arrive at Sanctuary, they can still struggle with complex thinking, problem-solving, and long-distance communication. These skills tend to improve with time, but they don’t seem to develop to the same level that wild elephants are known for having. Maia seems to have a skill…...

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Maia’s Growth

Early one day, Rana and Mara were ankle-deep in the pond when Maia showed up. Mara started vocalizing, and in response, Maia stopped. She turned her body around and pointed her rear towards them in a submissive gesture. It seemed to be clear communication that she was listening to Mara’s…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part I: Trimming Her Back Feet

It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Lady. When you acknowledge an elephants’ individuality, all elephants are complex, yet some are a little ‘harder’ than others. Lady is amazing, she gives you this wide eyes, crooked smile look, and you can’t help but melt. She’s silly and…...

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