We use the annex in Yard 4 often for treatments, foot trimming, and checkups for the elephants when they are in the back of the habitat. It allows them more freedom, since they don’t have to return to the barn to access a treatment chute – plus it has a small, charming yard attached, which can be entered by walking through the chute. Guillermina has shown some interest in going inside when she’s seen other elephants go through and into the grassy area, but she’s never seemed comfortable enough to completely cross the threshold.
In this video, Scott follows Guille as she decides on her own that she might be interested in exploring the area for the first time. The stall here is similar to the treatment chute in the barn, which she loves. She is tentative as she slowly explores the space – still guarded about some things that are new to her. She’s an excellent example of how it’s okay to take the time you need at sanctuary, even when it comes to the ‘small’ things. Everything happens in its own time.