Maia

Quiet Mellow Days

We have been enjoying observing everyone’s quiet, mellow days lately, which are typical for this time of year. Lady is spending lots of time in “her” bushes this week, although she went to the back of Yard 4 this afternoon. From the cameras, we know that Maia, Rana, and Mara…...

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Maia’s Unique Ability

Captivity changes elephants. Even once they arrive at Sanctuary, they can still struggle with complex thinking, problem-solving, and long-distance communication. These skills tend to improve with time, but they don’t seem to develop to the same level that wild elephants are known for having. Maia seems to have a skill…...

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Rana’s Growth: Part II

Maia has been visibly trying to temper her “bulldozer” side around Rana and Mara. It seems like she is making genuine overtures for a deeper relationship. We’ve talked about this growth from Maia’s standpoint, but not from Rana’s. Remarkably, Rana has responded to Maia with a welcoming grace. (This is…...

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Maia’s Growth

Early one day, Rana and Mara were ankle-deep in the pond when Maia showed up. Mara started vocalizing, and in response, Maia stopped. She turned her body around and pointed her rear towards them in a submissive gesture. It seemed to be clear communication that she was listening to Mara’s…...

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Taking Turns During the Morning Treatments

With the ever-evolving dynamics among the elephants, we sometimes have three elephants around during morning treatment. Lady usually doesn’t focus or relax during her foot soaks in the barn if other elephants are around, but is fine with treatment if she is in the habitat. If it is foot soak…...

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Camera Insights: Maia, Rana, and Mara

The cameras have been giving us a bit more insight into the elephants’ lives. They’ve also confirmed a few unsurprising things – like the impressive amount of time Maia spends as a pond blob. The pond is shallow around the edges for ease of entering and exiting but is deep…...

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