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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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Rumbly Lady

Lady has become much more rumbly in the past few weeks. Rumbles can mean a lot of different things, based on frequency and tone. Among wild elephants, rumbles communicate: greetings, warnings, comfort, happiness/excitement, and more. Human ears can’t hear all rumbles, so we don’t always know when our elephants are…...

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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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Mud Party With Rana and Mara

During dinner time, we recently found Rana in one of the elephant-made mud wallows acting super silly. Mara came up behind Rana but stayed to the side. Even though Mara wasn’t playing in the wallow, she clearly wanted to be involved as she was standing very near, squeaking and chatting…...

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Maia and Mara’s First Touches

In the previous post, you saw Mara and Maia’s interaction from a distance. This video not only gives you a closer look but a chance to see their first touches. When watching, you can see that Maia actually takes a step back when both Mara and Rana noisily approach. For…...

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Mara, Maia, and Rana

Maia is on the left (by herself), Mara is in the middle, Rana is on the right. They have been interacting occasionally along the fence today, but Maia has still not shared space with Mara. Maia seemed a little sleepy, cranky, and disinterested this morning, so we decided it would…...

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