Nosey: Three Weeks at The Sanctuary

Since her arrival three weeks ago, Nosey has spent her time discovering The Sanctuary. Day by day, she has been making greater use of her habitat.


She has spent a lot of time exploring the woods—stretching her trunk far into the trees to pull down branches and leaves and using her tusks to debark them. She has been observed utilizing the sand pile and scrub brush in her habitat. She has discovered harvested branches that Care Staff provide as enrichment and has figured out how to recover treats from inside enrichment devices that promote foraging.

Nosey and hay feeder

Nosey fans and followers will note Nosey has a slightly new look. Nosey’s right tusk was a bit longer than her left. Now they are a little closer to the same length after Nosey chipped the tip of her right tusk while moving around in the barn. Both The Sanctuary Associate Veterinarian and the Director of Elephant Husbandry were on hand and quickly assessed the situation to be non-threatening and cosmetic. Nosey was calm and unfazed by the incident.


Without access to Nosey’s medical history or previous radiographs of her tusks, it is unknown if this area of her tusk had been compromised in the past. Chipping and breaking of tusks is relatively common in elephants both in the wild and in captivity. In all instances, tusk length varies throughout the life of every elephant (for more information on elephants’ tusks, visit Prior to Sukari’s arrival at The Sanctuary, Sukari’s tusks had been prone to chipping and breaking so were trimmed and capped to prevent further breakage. At The Sanctuary, Flora, Sukari and Tange keep their tusks worn down naturally from activities in the habitat, such as digging and taking down trees.

For The Elephant Sanctuary’s Care Staff, it has been a joy to observe Nosey exhibit natural behaviors in a natural habitat setting and we look forward to continuing to provide updates about her explorations. 

CrowdRise Holiday Charity Challenge

We're pleased to announce that we are taking part in Crowdrise's Holiday Charity Challenge for the fifth year in a row. This fundraising campaign is launched by CrowdRise, and organizations like ours compete to raise the most money. It starts Tuesday, November 21st at 12 p.m. ET and the organization that raises the most by noon on January 3, 2018 will win a $150,000 donation. Second and third place will also win large cash donations. Thanks to the incredible support of our donors, we’ve placed second the last two years—and for that, we’re incredibly grateful! This year, we're ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $150,000 grand prize donation.

By setting up a fundraiser and asking your network of friends and family to donate to the cause, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to the grand prize.

It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here and click 'Join The Team.'

Anyone can participate by simply emailing your unique CrowdRise fundraiser link to friends and family or sharing on social media. You can also see a list of fundraiser incentives on our campaign page!

Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.

Thank you in advance for your support. 

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