elephant behavior

Bambi Sets the Tone

Bambi is also doing her best to be a guide for Guillermina as she integrates into the herd. Guille’s behavior isn’t always appropriate and Bambi seems to feel she needs to be more serious around her to set the tone. Bambi learned in her own way that boundaries are important…...

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Mara Offers Rana Her Foot

In this video, Rana and Bambi are standing against the fence, with Mara in between them. Everyone was being lighthearted and silly. You can hear Bambi’s deep rumbles, indicating her joy and excitement at being around the others. Mara begins to smell Rana and, afterwards, offers Rana her foot. It’s…...

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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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