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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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Doing What Comes Naturally

When it comes to animals, what is learned and what is instinctual? There are many different studies on the subject, but we can share what we’ve learned from the elephants we have known over the years. Each individual has intrinsic qualities that they were born with and others they had…...

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EleFact Friday: Listening Can Save Lives

For today’s EleFACT Friday, we want to share more scientific exploration that exhibits how truly intelligent elephants are. In a study from 2014, researchers at Amboseli National Park in Kenya played recorded voices of individuals from two different language groups:  one whose members  occasionally threatened and preyed upon elephants, and…...

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EleFact Friday: Self Reflection

Happy EleFACT Friday. We all know by now that elephants are emotional beings, highly intelligent and in tune with their feelings. To add to this list of amazing mental and emotional capabilities is the ability to be self-aware. ...

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Relationships Are Always Shifting, Always Growing

In one of our recent posts, we highlighted some of the different dynamics that had emerged among Bambi, Mara, and Rana. At that time, Rana had taken more of a leadership role within the group for some reason, likely to re-introduce some structure, but that doesn’t mean that Rana wants…...

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Do Elephants Prefer One Caregiver Over Another?

We get a number of questions about whether caregivers have “favorite” elephants (which Scott and Kat talked about in the AMA video) or if elephants have people they prefer over others. Truthfully, the answer is: yes and no. ...

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