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A Lady Is Entitled to her Secrets

Part of our job here is to be elephant sleuths. Not only do we track the elephants around the habitat, but we pay attention to any small change in behavior or appearance. All the little clues hold important information and insights into their health and moods. This makes us very…...

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Time Together

In the past few days, we’ve noticed Rana & Maia spending a lot of time together. We’ve observed them spending more and more time together since Ramba’s passing, but it has very recently shifted into something more noteworthy. We’ve done a few posts lately on their relationship and how it…...

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Lady’s Training is Coming Along

Lady is slowly coming along with her training. The beginning of target training with elephants can be difficult- often the hardest part. The base concept of target training is teaching an animal to gently touch a pre-determined body part to the target (e.g., touching a specific foot to the target…...

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Let’s Talk Food!

Let’s talk about food! We have been working on our garden here for the past several years – we had a group of volunteers set it up and return to care for it. Right now it’s a bit in the need of replanting and some love. We use what we…...

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Good Rains and a Happy Rana

Despite being the wet season in Brazil, it’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a good rain. Thankfully, the uncharacteristic dry spell broke yesterday when we had not one, but two glorious rainstorms. Followers frequently worry about what the elephants “do” when it rains if they’re away from the…...

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Update on Rana’s Eye

We wanted to do an update on Rana’s eye – as many of you know, she has a papilloma, which we have discussed in several posts. It’s in the wart family and is more common in African elephants, but it does occasionally occur in Asian elephants. They usually look a…...

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