Blogs

The Art of Plopping a Too Heavy Trunk 😁

  Morning treatment time with Rana and Maia frequently finds them sleepy. They usually eat breakfast right before treatment, so treatment occurs in the brief food coma window. On their sleepiest (or silliest) mornings, they will act like their trunks are too big and heavy to hold up. They will…...

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A Garden Full of Fantastic Elephant Dung Compost

We’ve been working hard on our garden for the past few weeks. Our two rescue goats (Sally & Jorgie) usually spend some time there, but two goats are no match for the growth that comes with the rainy season. The garden was getting pretty overrun with weeds and starting to…...

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Just Her Being Maia

Lately, we’ve lovingly referred to Maia as a “bulldozer” when she’s in second gear. As we often mention, Maia has two speeds – 5% and 105%, with not much in between. We can tell the moment we see her which Maia we will get. The eyes give everything away. During…...

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The Cost of Caring for Lady’s Feet

  When we arrive at the barn, first thing in the morning, Lady is usually close. She hears the four-wheeler and starts heading over, or some days she waits for her personal invitation and moseys on down. She enjoys her food rewards and seems more than happy to come in…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hopes Part IV: The Actual Condition of Lady’s Feet

Elephant feet are nuanced and complicated and still a leading cause of death for captive elephants. Lady’s feet aren’t just uncomfortable or an inconvenience, they have defined part of her life. As much as we would like to go in and ‘fix’ everything, we can’t do that safely. Now that…...

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A Habitat Expansion for Alma (And a Few of Her Friends, Too)

Alma, our lovely blind resident tapir, recently received a habitat expansion. We do wildlife rehab & release when there is a local need. In 2018 Alma arrived, and, while she arrived intending to be released, we immediately discovered she was mostly blind and later discovered she suffered from seizures. Those…...

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