Elephant Diary

Maia Makes Guille’s Training Interesting

In her charming way, Maia is making training slightly more challenging by wanting to come and join in during Guille’s sessions. When Maia is there, it’s nearly impossible to get anything substantial done. Sometimes Scott will work a little with one elephant and then switch to the other; sometimes he…...

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Sunday Smile: A Very Muddy Maia

There are things that elephants know that we, as humans, often lose track of; one of those things is the fact that sometimes it can be freeing to just get dirty and do what feels right in the moment.  While we humans might be trying to polish and shine things…...

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From Scott: Guille and the Vulnerabilities of Training

As we’ve mentioned, we’re working on training with Guillermina so that she can learn some new behaviors for foot care and refine some of her other behaviors like “lean ins,” which were limited because there wasn’t a full training wall to work with them in Mendoza. In addition to acquiring…...

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Rana, Mara, and Bambi in the Morning

Some mornings we are met with greeting parties from the elephants. The girls can be vocal in the early hours, and this particular video was taken a little past sunrise. While Guille and Maia were walking down the fence line toward them, Rana, Mara, and Bambi stopped by to express…...

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Guillermina Stripping Bark From a Tree

Once again, we caught Guillermina on our observation camera having a ball in the rain. In this instance, she’s actually stripping bark from one of the trees and eating it – something we don’t recall seeing another captive Asian elephant do. That’s much more akin to African elephant behavior. ...

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Four Girls at the Pond

At the end of the day, while Guillermina spent some time in a different area of Yard 4, Bambi, Maia, Mara, and Rana all hung out together as a foursome by the edge of the pond. It had been raining for a couple of hours and there was a nice…...

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