Mara

Growing Confidence

While Rana and Mara are easy to separate, Mara has still been attentive to the separation. Now, we are starting to see a shift that suggests another layer of her growing confidence. When Rana and Mara were near the barn one recent morning, we brought Rana into the chute for…...

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One Step Back. And Two Steps (and four sticks) Forward.

When Mara lived at the EcoParque, her life was different in a lot of ways. One of these differences is the bars that separate her from humans. Here, the bars on the fencing are widely spaced of course, but even in the chute and our training walls, we still have…...

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Talking Bushes :)

Sound on!! When we recently referenced Rana and Mara’s regular parties, a few people asked for a video to see and hear one. Here is a small one! The backstory: Rana and Mara were on the way to dinner, and Mara was already a little silly. Kat was on the…...

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Mara’s Mud Balls

Traditionally, when an elephant “plays” in a mud wallow, they lie down, squish around, and pick up mud with their trunk to throw it on their bodies. It’s messy, but it works, and it covers much of their body in a nice coating of mud. They seem to enjoy both…...

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Some Extra Treats. Some Love. Then Leave.

With Rana and Mara together all the time, and Lady… well, with Lady doing Lady-things, Maia has been enjoying some extra affection from her humans. As part of this, Maia has enjoyed going into the barn for “treatments” lately. Normally, she gets a visual inspection, tick check, and bug spray…...

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Mara’s Squish Face

When Mara first arrived, she preferred water from the garden hose rather than the water trough. This preference seems to be shifting because now, when we offer her the hose, she only drinks a few trunkfuls at a time. This shows us she is drinking more from the spring-fed creek…...

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