elephant behavior

Guillermina’s Gradual Learning Process

While she still has an abundance of enthusiasm, Guillermina seems to be taking notes about how to manage her high energy behavior from the older ladies. As we know, Guille can be somewhat demonstrative, expressing her emotions in physical ways, which Pocha allowed her to believe was acceptable. Of course,…...

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Keeping an Eye on New Caregivers

Elephant Sanctuary Brazil is currently in the process of interviewing for new elephant caregivers. This way, when the African elephants arrive and we have an additional barn running, we will have plenty of staff on board to care for the girls (and eventual boy). There is still no date for…...

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Getting To the Root of the Mystery

We’re not exactly sure why, but every dry season the elephants find a specific root in the habitat that they like to dig up and eat. We don’t know exactly what kind of root it is; we’ve sent samples off for testing, but they were too dry to test by…...

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Elephant Night Moves

We are in the process of phasing out night feed for Pocha and Guillermina. We practice this with new elephants in order to help them feel more comfortable in their new home and understand that they’re not alone; we are there if they need us for anything. The reality is…...

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Pocha’s Search For Herself

As we watch Pocha navigate her journey here at sanctuary, it is becoming clear that she may have a longer road to healing than her daughter. Both she and Guillermina have to learn who they are as individuals and, for Pocha, that means making decisions on her own, without her…...

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Guillermina Bumps Others

As we mentioned last week, Guillermina is still in the process of learning the best ways to live with other elephants. She has a very young and boisterous personality that, while often charming, can seem a little much for some. Still, the other elephants are doing their best to learn…...

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