We’ve mentioned the many, many steps required to bring Ramba to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Another hurdle has been crossed, Ramba is officially microchipped. It is an import requirement that required some extra training. The microchip is implanted under the skin, on the neck, behind her ear. It’s not a small needle, but Ramba was stellar.
Her caregivers have been working on getting her used to the procedure with some guidance and videos from us. They already work with Ramba through PC, positive reinforcement training, but every new behavior requires work. And it can be awkward to try to teach something through video. Rana was a perfect stand-in (don’t worry, we didn’t poke her ).
Caro, Consu, and Diego were going to try it last week, but it didn’t feel right to them. One thing we always encourage with caregivers is to trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. So they spent another week training her and were able to implant the chip without issue. Their patience and trusting relationship with Ramba, along with her relaxed demeanor, made it all possible.
Ramba will need to undergo a 30-day quarantine at her current location before coming to ESB. More testing will be done during this time, but nothing Ramba hasn’t been through before. We are very grateful to her caregivers for making this a more comfortable and loving process for Ramba.
You can still be part of her rescue and give towards the cost of her flight to Brazil. Click Here → You can also check the link for updates on the progress meter. You are all doing awesome with giving, sharing, and getting this far! Thank you!
— feeling proud
August 21, 2019