elephant behavior

EleFact Friday: Elephant Yawns

It’s EleFACT Friday again and this week we’ll be talking about something we all do, possibly every day: yawn. Spontaneous yawning can be seen in most vertebrate classes, including elephants. But are elephants capable of what’s known as “contagious yawning”?...

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Guille Puts Her Trunk In Everyone’s Mouth

As we talked about last week, Guillermina is expressing some of her childlike behaviors within a remarkably patient group of elephants. She may occasionally try their patience, but mostly in innocent ways. Lately, after the group eats, Guille will walk from elephant to elephant, just being social; she greets them,…...

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Guillermina Wants To Play

Guillermina has been continuing to display her childlike silliness, and the others are remaining mostly patient with her. The older girls seem to understand that this new, somewhat large kid, has a lot to learn. Part of that learning curve means finding out what the limits are for some of…...

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Guille and Pocha Break Trees

Guillermina and Pocha are the kind of elephants that occasionally announce their presence before you can see them – but not always through vocalizations. Sometimes you can tell exactly where they are by just listening for tree limbs breaking....

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EleFact Friday: Stereotyping Behavior

Since Pocha and Guillermina’s arrival at sanctuary, we’ve shared a little bit in video and text about some repetitive behaviors they have shown. Today, for EleFACT Friday, we want to speak a bit on this and explain what stereotyping behavior means. ...

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Gentle Interactions Between Elephants

Pocha and Guillermina are moving forward in their relationships with the other girls at their own paces. Each day, we keep the gates to Yard 4 – where Bambi, Mara, Maia, and Rana spend their time – open to them, in case they feel up to visiting their new friends…...

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