sanctuary life

Sunday Smile – A Brave Mockingbird and an Ambivalent Tagu

Some days, the wildlife here can be as engaging as almost any television show or movie. This particular afternoon, a Chalk-Browed Mockingbird decided to take on a resident Tegu, native to South America. Though the bird is overmatched in size, she has no shortage of self-confidence. The bird was likely…...

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Shirlei’s Perspective on Sanctuary Life

We often talk about how caring for elephants involves learning the nuances of each individual and adjusting your care approach accordingly. Recently, one of our newer employees, Angelica, was speaking to Shirlei about how impressed she was by how much physical work Shirlei is able to accomplish. Shirlei is petite,…...

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Sunday Smile: Halloween Edition

Scott and Kat captured this magical light show one evening. The lightning reveals a dark outline of the trees and clouds in the distance. You can also see how vast the habitat expanse is from their home....

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Sunday Smile: Mango Madness!

As we’ve mentioned, it’s mango season here and we are absolutely inundated with the fruits. For those who thought we might be exaggerating or don’t understand the scale of mango season here in Brazil, here is a brief look at the land around the house. The fruit won’t go to…...

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Rainy Morning With Everyone

Have you ever had the relaxing feeling of waking up to a light rain and knowing that you can do whatever you want, even if that is nothing? Even though the entire concept of sanctuary is autonomy, some mornings feel a little more relaxed and easygoing than normal. ...

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Frozen Treats on Hot Days

It is currently the hottest time of the year in Mato Grosso. In order to make sure the girls stay cool, we give them frozen treats like elephant-sized Gatorade or Pedialyte “popsicles”. We also cut up pieces of fruit to freeze and offer them during snack time, when we also…...

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