Maia

A Little Nearby Splish Splashing Didn’t Awaken This Pond Blob

Maia continues to nap on the edge of the ponds, without regard to who is nearby. One recent morning, Maia, Rana, and Mara were spending time relatively close in Yard 4. Unsurprisingly, Maia wandered off to take a nap in the nearby pond. She slept in the shallow area, where…...

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The Many Facets of Maia

Maia is continuing to temper her energy around the other elephants, but that seems to leave her with extra energy. She’s been making us laugh during treatment due to her high energy levels. She doesn’t have a little bit of additional energy – she has lots and lots of extra…...

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Rana’s Invitation to Play

Frequently, filming the elephants doesn’t go as planned. This video is a great example of that. 😉 While most of the footage is unexpected close-ups of a charming Maia, Scott recorded Rana engaging in a behavior we have noticed a few times now. A few times recently, as Maia has…...

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A DInner Party for Four

All four elephants unexpectedly ate dinner together recently. Shirlei went out to feed and found Rana and Mara first, near the 5A water trough. She fed both of them near where they were. As she was dropping off their dinners, Maia came through the training square, presumably looking for her…...

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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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