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.