elephant behavior

Ingo On Sanctuary’s Joy and His Hopes For the Future

Time has flown by, and Ingo has now been at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil for about a month. While spending some time with Bambi, Mara, and Rana at snack time last week, Ingo expressed to Scott that he was struck by his feelings when observing the elephants at sanctuary – and…...

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Rana and Ingo Learn To Communicate

Rana has been known in the past for testing caregivers to see how they respond to her, and if they are paying close attention. She has a trickster side of her personality that she seems to use to determine if she can potentially “get away” with things – but not…...

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Bambi Is a Noisy Drinker

It seems that while Rana was having a quiet morning moment with her sister, Bambi was just behind being very… Bambi. She started the day in her typical style, having a very noisy time drinking from the waterers Scott installed throughout the habitat last year. She joyously drinks her fill…...

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To Party or To Snack? Maybe Both.

As a rule, we drive the 4-wheelers throughout the sanctuary without going directly into the habitats, for safety reasons. But sometimes we decide to drive into the habitat to take care of smaller tasks, just so the elephants won’t be confused if we need to get inside the fences, in…...

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Rana Sniffs Out Maia Upon Her Return

Maia recently decided she wanted to spend a little time on her own, wandering Yard 5 for a bit. She had been showing up fairly regularly to meet Bambi, Mara, and Rana for breakfast, but then opted for some quiet days to herself.  In the past week, Maia started stopping…...

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Sanctuary Memory: Joaquim’s Brief Moment With the Girls

As part of this month’s Sanctuary Memory series, Scott shares a brief moment with one of our employees that meant a lot to him: The maintenance staff at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil often fill their days with manual work, doing repairs and construction; because those tasks don’t involve direct contact with…...

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