Hadari was kept separately from the others at the zoo because she really needed some individual attention - the zoo had been working to help her on her social behaviors with other elephants. "These elephants are not related herds and they were taken away from their families at such an early age that they don't know how to interact with their whole species," Zeitlin says.
Both Flora and Hadari are dominant females, according to Zeitlin, so it will be a slow introduction. So far, however, "they have done a great job across the fence line and it felt very safe," she says.
The smallest enclosure is 1.5 acres, the middle enclosure is 12 acres and the largest is 40, Zeitlin says. "We rotate them into the larger enclosures when they get to the know the sanctuary and the habitat."
The total number of elephants is 14 for which the sanctuary says it will provide lifetime care. Additionally, Zeitlin says, TES continues to work to build relationships with zoos and elephant owners. "We understand we share a common interest in wanting to make good choices and provide best care for elephants. We invite zoos and owners to see a sanctuary as a good option when they make decisions about retiring their elephants."
For more information on The Elephant Sanctuary, go here.