Positive Reinforcement Training With Bambi

We are totally charmed by Bambi’s silliness, overzealousness, and puppy-like behavior, but she is not exactly grasping the concept behind positive reinforcement training, which can happen for some elephants (and animals in general) encountering that style of training for the first time. Our goal is to teach her medically necessary…...

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Lady Was Content to Stay Near and Observe

Mara and Rana were recently in Yard 2, and Lady was in Yard 3 when Scott went to feed Mara her early afternoon bonus-meal. Lady saw Scott calling Mara with a bucket of food and became very interested. Mara was dusting and slow to walk over, so Lady arrived near…...

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What We Know About Bambi’s Eyes

Another guest post from our lovely veterinarian Trish: We just wanted to show you close up pictures of beautiful Bambi’s eyes and explain what we currently know about her eyes. Bambi’s right eye has a very early, immature cataract that can only be seen in certain lighting. Bambi’s left eye…...

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A Nut Snack for Maia

Maia prefers palm fronds to palm nuts, but we do find them in her dung from time to time. Guida loved palm nuts and, when they first arrived, Maia would knock down palm trees, and Guida would delight in eating most of them while Maia focused on the leaves. One…...

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Health Update on Mara

We want to do a little health update on Mara, but there isn’t much to say. Her appetite continues to be intermittent. Some days, she will eat absolutely everything, and other days, she is much more selective in her diet. Even on her selective days, she is still eating. We…...

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Bambi’s Excitement and Enjoyment

Bambi is settling into sanctuary life. She is a little overeager to live her life to the fullest, which can leave her a bit all over the place. Everything is still very stimulating and new for her. She seems to want to experience everything at once. Bambi is like a…...

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