elephant behavior

Continued Evolution of Social Groups

Currently at sanctuary, we are seeing an evolution of social dynamics that is subtle, but clear. Groups of elephants who wouldn’t necessarily have been seen spending time together before are more and more often socializing. While we know that Rana, Mara, and Bambi are a strong group of friends, these…...

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EleFact Friday: The Elephant Ethogram

For this week’s EleFact Friday, we wanted to share a resource that we often use to not only answer questions from supporters about elephant behavior, but to continue to educate ourselves about elephant communication in the wild. ...

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Guillermina Gives Bambi Some Space

Guillermina is a curious girl and sometimes she really wants to be part of the action – whatever is going on. After mealtimes, Bambi will often work with a caregiver on some training techniques, and Guille is really interested in what’s going on to the point where she can hinder…...

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Sunday Smile: General Elephant Excitement

As has happened several times recently, little trumpet and rumble parties have broken out among the elephants. For this week’s Sunday Smile, you can see (and hear) Bambi with Rana then Mara in the background, all seemingly happy just to be together. At the end, Guillermina comes by to check…...

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Elephants Everywhere!

Caregiver Shirlei reported yesterday that the elephants were roaming all over the place, all day long. Normally after breakfast, they get nice and quiet – the effects of full bellies. Most of the time, as they lazily pick at hay or wander off to graze, we can clean an area…...

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EleFact Friday: To Peel or Not to Peel?

You may have seen mention of a study recently about an elephant’s ability to peel bananas. Our very own Mara was mentioned in the article with a link to a video of her doing the same, as an example of intellect and dexterity. For today’s EleFACT, we want to share…...

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