Mara

Balancing Out an Elephant’s Need

We have noticed that Mara, Rana, and Maia all seem a little bored lately. Due to Mara’s ongoing health issue, we are keeping Mara (and therefore Rana) in the smaller yards close to the barn right now. This proximity allows us to observe Mara better, gauge responses to treatments, and…...

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Sanctuary Is a Journey: Mara and Bambi

Bambi and Mara have had many positive interactions through the fence, so we felt it was time to try shared space with them again. For our regular followers, you may remember the three—Rana, Bambi, and Mara—were near instant friends until Mara started feeling unwell. Recently, Rana and Bambi had been…...

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One on One Social Time for Rana and Bambi

Rana and Mara are eating some of their meals in the barn recently. It’s an easy way to separate them to ensure Mara gets all her own food without her food-oriented best friend helping herself, and then we can treat Rana’s eye papilloma while Mara eats at her own pace.…...

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Maia, Rana, and Mara Spending Some Time Together

Mara and Rana have been spending most of their time near the barn for the past few weeks. We usually discourage staying near the barn for more than a few days, but with Mara’s continued intermittent appetite, we have been encouraging her to eat more than we encourage her to…...

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Age-Related Changes in Elephants

The average lifespan of captive Asian elephants is 48 years (per Wikipedia). Maia, our youngest elephant, is 47. Our other residents are all older – Rana is 62, Lady is 49, Mara is 55, and Bambi is 58. With elephants, like all other animals, everyone ages a little differently and…...

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Sweet Interactions Along the Fence

Bambi spent a few days in Yard 5 and decided to head to Yard 1. Mara and Rana were in Yard 2 (which shares a fence with Yard 1). Bambi was walking normally at first, but as soon as she got around the corner, she started zooming as she entered…...

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