elephant behavior

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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EleFact Friday: Elephants and Mimicry

Last week’s EleFACT was a look at how elephants possess the ability to use tools in various aspects of their life, both in captivity and in the wild. This week, we’ll look at another observed skill – mimicry. ...

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EleFact Friday: Elephants and Tool Usage

Among the many skills that elephants have shown us, their use of tools is one of the most fascinating. Within the animal kingdom, there are several species that show us how resourceful they can be by utilizing common items in their habitats to achieve some sort of goal: defense, communication,…...

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Guillermina is Expanding Her Environment

Guille’s role in the herd at sanctuary has often been determined by the way she approaches the other elephants. Because of what her mother allowed, she indirectly taught her that being up front and sometimes barging in to claim what she wanted was okay, when in reality it’s not a…...

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Bambi is Attentive to Maia

Maia has been enjoying her time in Yard 5, spending days on the far side of the creek, about as far into the habitat as she can go. Recently when she returned for dinner with the group, Bambi was extra attentive to her, walking right over, smelling her, and being…...

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Bambi’s Grounded Presence

Over time we’ve witnessed Bambi becoming more settled into daily life in general, finding a comfortable pace and a secure spot within the herd. She seems to be becoming softer and looking at us more during treatments, as if to really see us, perhaps to a depth that only elephants…...

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