elephant behavior

Ingo and Maia Work Together

In this video, you can see Ingo doing footwork on Maia. On Maia’s first day of footwork, Ingo shadowed Scott to see how we do things and observe how the elephants reacted to his presence and his energy. So far, everything has been positive in that area. On Ingo’s second…...

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Using Gates and Fences In a Sanctuary Environment

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about how the elephants move around the sanctuary and our usage of gates between yards. There were a number of questions about why we don’t leave the gates open all of the time or have just one open area, so we thought we’d…...

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Bambi Eases Back Into the Fold

After our last report of a shift in energy among Bambi, Mara, and Rana, things seem back to normal, for the most part. Bambi decided to take some time to herself, and it appeared as though Mara eventually began trying to encourage Bambi to join her and Rana again. It’s…...

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Bambi’s Mood Shifts a Little

We shared last week that Mara and Maia spent a few calm minutes together, standing very close to one another, with Maia even touching Mara a few times. For some reason, the dynamics among Bambi, Mara, and Rana seem to have shifted a little since then. Perhaps Mara realized that…...

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EleFact Friday: Protected Contact That Heals

Many of our supporters know that a big part of sanctuary is honoring the space and boundaries of elephants. For today’s EleFACT Friday, we want to speak more about protected contact, what it means, and how it safeguards everyone here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. We recently posted a video of…...

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Mara and Maia Have a Calm Interaction

A few days ago, Mara was on a solo trip to the barn for dinner. As Mateus and Kairo were setting up the gates so she could head into the smaller yards, Maia showed up and was standing fairly near Mara. They realized that Maia had joined her when they…...

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