milestones

Honoring the Process: What Progress Looks Like

When elephants first arrive at sanctuary, it is easy for humans to slip into a fairytale ideal of what we want their new life to look like. As much as we’d like for elephants to run out of their crates, embrace the outdoors, and make friends right away, not only…...

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Pocha and Guillermina Meet Bambi, Mara, and Rana

Now that Pocha and Guillermina have had interactions with Lady and experienced first touches with Maia, we were curious as to how they would react to meeting Bambi, Mara, and Rana – and vice versa. The opportunity presented itself when the three ladies were in Yard 4, neighboring Yard 3,…...

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Happy 2nd Re-Birthday, Mara!

Two years ago today… That’s when Miss Mara arrived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil and embraced her new home with seeming relief, resting her tired body for an immediate dirt-pile nap. ...

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Setting Our Intentions for 2022

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is a charming and hopeful one, but if we learned one thing in 2021, it’s that making resolutions and plans according to your own deadlines doesn’t always work out the way you want. So, rather than make a traditional resolution for 2022, we…...

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The difference even a day makes

Although Ramba’s time at sanctuary was short, it meant everything. Imagine living for decades without seeing another of your species. We can’t know what Ramba was thinking or feeling over her years in captivity, but it is very likely that she felt truly, utterly alone at times. Yet Ramba had…...

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Happy Re-Birthday to Rana!

Watching some of the Facebook memories that have popped up this week, of Rana at the hotel, and how many times Scott used the word ‘perfect’ when talking about her, I should have seen the writing on the wall: She had a piece of his heart from day one. That…...

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