elephant behavior

Honoring the Process: What Progress Looks Like

When elephants first arrive at sanctuary, it is easy for humans to slip into a fairytale ideal of what we want their new life to look like. As much as we’d like for elephants to run out of their crates, embrace the outdoors, and make friends right away, not only…...

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Pocha and Guille Step Cautiously Into Yard 4

This week, Pocha and Guille took what is, for them, a big step in expanding their comfort zone within the sanctuary. For the most part, they’ve been content to remain in the three yards closest to the barn – not really looking past those boundaries. Now they are sensing there…...

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Guillermina and Pocha Love Mud

As Pocha and Guillermina have been exploring their new world, they have discovered that they love mud. While this might seem like an obvious thing for many elephants, the harsh living conditions of their past make playing in mud and water a new and exciting pastime. Pocha discovered the beauty…...

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EleFact Friday: Safe Spaces To Heal

In our recent updates on Pocha and Guilliermina, we’ve received quite a few questions about whether the two are returning to the barn after their explorations in the yards. We wanted to take the opportunity to not only answer the question, but examine the idea that elephants have “safe spaces”…...

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Pocha and Guillermina Meet Bambi, Mara, and Rana

Now that Pocha and Guillermina have had interactions with Lady and experienced first touches with Maia, we were curious as to how they would react to meeting Bambi, Mara, and Rana – and vice versa. The opportunity presented itself when the three ladies were in Yard 4, neighboring Yard 3,…...

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Brave Lady Comes Near the Barn – and Guillermina Takes Big Steps!

We wouldn’t necessarily have predicted that the first elephant to visit Pocha and Guillermina would be Lady – but she still finds ways to surprise us after all this time.  Lady had been spending time relatively close to the barn and showing interest in the new elephants there. She clearly…...

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