Female Asian Barn

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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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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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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Maia on the Move

In the morning, Maia is usually half-asleep and easing into her day, but this morning she was practically running and hasn’t slowed down since. Maia’s in high spirits and zooming everywhere today. She came over super fast for her breakfast this morning and dashed off as soon as she finished…...

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True Lady Fashion

After her Saturday morning treatment, Lady headed away from the barn and into Yard 4. She spent the rest of the weekend hanging out in different areas throughout. There is evidence she spent time at the edge of the pond in 4 (yes, dung), but there are no signs she…...

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