The Gate Between Ramba and Rana has Been Opened!

Everything is going good! Ramba and Rana had a good night. Everyone is rested, not fully rested, but much better. Rana spent most of the night inside even though she had access in and out. Ramba spent most of the night outside but it looks like they were back-and-forth a lot. They have had good interactions this morning, but no physical touch yet. We did decide to open up the gates between them at which point Rana went over towards Ramba and turned around, she was really submissive as she approached. Ramba walked up and almost touched, they had a little interaction and then Ramba went exploring further into the second yard. She had been looking at the gates, and now that the gates are open she is like oh great, now I can go explore more space. They are both chilling. Ramba is back in the trees exploring the second yard and Rana is eating all the hay and palms that were left in the first yard under the shade tree. ? During this introduction Rana will gain a hundred pounds while Ramba just wants to go for a walk. Ramba will most likely return to the mud wallow where Rana is hanging out and there will surely be other interactions.

What’s really nice is that Rana obviously learned a lot from her meeting Maia and Guida and being that pushy needy friend who won’t give you any space. She is not doing that at all with Ramba although you can see that she is very very excited to meet her, and is definitely showing restraint versus doing what she would like, but she’s really cute about it and being good. She’s letting Ramba go her on way and explore and do what she needs to do. It’s quite charming. They are both very funny. 

What we do from this point forward is just let it be organic. Just let it develop. They have space together, they have access together, and we will just watch how the interactions evolve. Again, they are both being really really good. Ramba is good, she’s curious, you can see a great little cheeky smile on her face, and then she says, OK, I need a minute to adapt to this or to absorb this. And then she walks away.

Where Ramba is now, she actually would have an opportunity to meet up with Maia along the common fence, but we haven’t seen Maia anywhere close by, so she has been hanging out in the back of the property totally doing her thing not for any other reason then she wants to be in the back of the property. It’s not like she’s trying to stay away or anything like that. She’s just in her own little space which is beautiful and good. And they’re going to evolve by their choice. ❤️


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    Maggie says

    This makes my heart so happy. Ramba has a friend at last and Rana has another friend. They are so cute together. I’m sure the touching will happen soon. They both look so happy. Well Rana will have to do extra exercises if she’s going to eat all the food?? it will be lovely when we can get a photo of all three girls together.

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    Carey says

    Rana is probably over that neediness that she had before in those early days in a new place with new elephants, a whole lifestyle change probably unnerved her a bit. Now she’s an old hand, and being welcoming and sweet with the new and older sister. Their interaction was so good to observe, thank you

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    Susan says

    Lovely Girls!! I bet Sweet Guida is looking down and smiling her smile ?. So exciting to be a part of this experience. Thank you for all you do and all you share with us. Love and hugs to Everyone! ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️?????

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    Carolyn McNeil says

    My heart melts at these two elephants. Has Ramba been going to fence to see her Chilean caregivers? I wonder if Maia will be her best friend? You never know.

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    Debbie Sides says

    Every single thing about this is exciting! I can’t wait to see the reaction when Maia and Ramba meet up! Rana reminds me so much of Tarra at TES, eating the goodies set out for Dulary in 2007. This is all so amazing!!

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    Karen says

    I love that Rana can be trusted now to assess the situation with the newbie, and not get pushy or needy. Ramba will be so happy, hopefully for many years to come.

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