Blogs

Lady Uses the Male Barn

Now that Lady has been spending time in the two completed male Asian elephant yards, she’s been able to take advantage of the new barn in that habitat as well. And so, this week she was the first elephant to cross the threshold and make use of the treatment chutes…...

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Relationships Continue to Evolve

We’ve written recently about the ongoing relationship shifts that are emerging between Bambi and Mara. Because there seems to be some underlying tension between the two, Bambi has been spending more and more time with Maia and Guillermina. Some days it seems as though Mara opens the door a little…...

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Sunday Smile: Maia’s Lazy Drink

For this week’s Sunday Smile, we’re showing you Maia’s laziest possible version of a bath. When you see an elephant’s trunk above the top bar of the fence it can mean lots of things; in this case it shows Maia being extra lethargic. She seems to be saying that her…...

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Rana is a Chatterbox

Rana has been a complete chatterbox lately. When she and Antomilso are doing treatments, we hear her talking to him more and more. During a morning checkup with Mara, Mara didn’t want to leave the treatment chute, so Antomilso was trying to encourage her to leave – but then Rana…...

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EleFact Friday: Captivity and the Brain

We’ve seen firsthand the impact that most captive environments have on elephants; it can cause them to exhibit stereotypical behaviors, encourage obesity and arthritis, contribute to early deaths of adults and babies, and lead to dozens of other negative consequences. After decades of studying the brains of elephants and other…...

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Guillermina and Maia Visit Bambi During Treatment

After breakfast, Scott was performing Bambi’s treatments at the annex and, as often occurs, Guillermina decided to come over to watch. She was being very respectful and not trying to insert herself into the treatment process, as she has occasionally done in the past; she gets reward treats when she’s…...

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