Mendoza Update: Pocha and Her Crate

Trish sent along this video from Mendoza of Pocha spending time in her crate, seemingly quite relaxed and enjoying a snack. Pocha goes into the transport crate easily and appears to feel safe and secure. The crate is open here and she can back out if she wants, at any time. Guillermina is making progress, getting a bit more comfortable with her own transport crate. She will step in with her two front feet, but still isn’t quite ready to go all the way in. 

The noises you hear in the video is Guillermina making little squeaks and playing with the back gate.


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    Tracy says

    Very exciting!!

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    Maybe by the end of October these two wonderful elephants will be on their way to GSE?

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      Sara says

      We can’t know when, but every small step is a positive one.

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    Nancy Shaw says

    I am sooo hopeful for Guillermina !!!!

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    Wim says

    That looks quite relaxed when she’s inside her crate.
    Maybe a bit picky concerning her apples.

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      Sara says

      We probably all have favorites. My guess is that she got to them eventually.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    This is so encouraging!! Thank you for this great news!

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    Sunny says

    Yes, Guillermina! We want you in the sanctuary! You can do it, girl!

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      Sara says

      She’s not quite as ready as her mother is here – but baby steps are still steps!

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    Beji says

    Baby steps…..slow, but sure.

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    Katie Howard says

    Even tectonic shifts start with small movements!
    PO ha looks like she’s ready!

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    Sandra says

    When we they be going to the sanctuary?

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      Sara says

      We are not going to set a firm date, as Guillermina’s progress will determine our timeline. Everything will happen as they become comfortable and ready to go.

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    Alana says

    I’m in Love! She’s adorable!

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    Anita J says

    Awww…Pocha is so so beautiful! And so brave! Guille is a little rascal destroying gate!…hahaha…Thank you for this amazing update! I so wish Guille was a bit braver and as comfortable coming in and out of that crate as her Mum…slowly but surely we are getting there…xoxoxo

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    Terry Feleppa says

    Such steady progress! Has Trish had a trunk to heart conversation with Pocha to have Pocha speak with her daughter about getting into her own crate to start a magical, new life? And how mom would so appreciate her daughters cooperation and willingness to trust? 😉

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    John says

    Last night they showed a documentary on television; the history of the circus. As fascinating as it was, I couldn’t help focusing on the elephants, and other wild animals. It made me very sad. Thanks GSE for being on the opposite end of the humanity spectrum.

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      Sara says

      It’s hard to see things the same again once you have more knowledge. But the more awareness is raised, the more elephants may see better lives.

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    Jo says

    when Kenya will be transfered to your place?

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      Kat Blais says

      Pocha and Guillermina will arrive first. Once they are here, and the final license for the African habitat is granted, Mendoza can apply for Kenya’s CITES permit and begin her training and begin her quarantine once her CITES permit is approved. How long will depend on how long it takes to get the permits. Kenya has already gone through a lot of training, so her training for the required testing should be faster than P&G.

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