elephant behavior

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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Guillermina’s Lessons To Learn

Guillermina brings a lot of charm and energy to the sanctuary. Because she never had a “normal” childhood, she is spending much of her time here being a big and boisterous kid. The other elephants find her engaging, but they are also getting used to being around a younger elephant…...

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Ingo: On Being Vulnerable

This week, Ingo is back to talk about what he’s learned – and is learning – about being vulnerable with elephants in our care. Among the most important things he emphasizes about communicating with elephants is being honest about your feelings and state of mind. “Don’t pretend to be someone…...

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