Ramba and Her Willows

A little closer video of our sweet grandma Ramba at the park in Chile 

Ramba’s caregivers try to provide her with fresh branches, but this can be difficult. There aren’t many edible trees at the park. On one side of the park is a garbage dump, on the other is a major highway, so it’s not easy to just walk somewhere to try to cut her some. They do give her willow and bamboo whenever they can, but they’re limited. And as you can see, she loves them.

This will of course change as soon as she arrives at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, she will have all of the natural food she can eat. One of the problems we see with a diet lacking in browse (branches) is that elephants’ teeth don’t wear properly. Tooth wear is also affected by short concentrated meals versus grazing for 16-20 hours a day. Improperly worn teeth can lead to pain and issues with chewing and food breakdown. Browse is also a source of fiber that helps keep an elephant’s digestion moving along properly.

Ramba has dealt with both issues, but we are hopeful that, along with the veterinary care she receives in Brazil, that nature will help her body return to a more ‘normal’ state of functioning.

September 18. 2019

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    Kelejan says

    And I am sure she will be happier when she gets the right food all the time. she seems to have a good appetite.

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    Susan says

    I wonder if Ramba has ever actually been able to pull a branch off a tree herself? So many interesting things to learn about her! Thank you for all the updates. Loved the Facebook video from her wonderful caretakers.

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    Tammy Nelson says

    Ramba, you are such a sweet Elephant and I can’t wait til you make it to your new home very soon! People worldwide have fallen in love with you and wish you many many years of happiness with lots of great meals with your new family! God Bless

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    Sherry says

    It is great getting to know elephant Ramba! I pray for her safe arrival to Global Sanctuary Brazil.

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    Carolyn McNeil says

    You could see how engaged Ramba was with her brouse. I loved every minute of this video. She’s going to love all t he variety awaiting her in Brazil.

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    Maggie says

    Hi beautiful Rambita. You are so pretty. Not long now lovely until you are in an elephants paradise! ??????

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    Carey says

    Great video! and helpful info about the importance of feeding patterns and the importance of browse, thank you

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