caregiver

Sometimes Everything Goes As Planned

As a caregiver, some days with the elephants are easier than others. Part of giving elephants choice means that they can, for instance, come to breakfast all together at the same time – or it could mean that you have to seek them out individually. Nicole experienced this recently when…...

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Nicole and Shirlei Hear a Curious Noise

This week, as caregiver Shirlei and visiting caregiver Nicole were preparing breakfast for the elephants, they started hearing what they described as roaring from the elephants. In Nicole’s experience, that sort of sound likely meant that something was going awry between one or more elephants. Shirlei also seemed concerned because…...

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Lady On the Move

Though we are constantly working to stay in tune with each elephant as they grow and change at the sanctuary, we do have a significant knowledge of what their behaviors can be like at times. That’s why it’s interesting to get the perspective of a visitor who doesn’t have the…...

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From Nicole: My Approach to Guillermina

In today’s post, contract caregiver Nicole talks about enhancing her understanding of the process of being open to what elephants are trying to say and also adjusting her behavior to communicate what she needs. It’s a nuanced process and one that she seems very excited to fully grasp. ...

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From Nicole: Exploring Relationships With Elephants

We often speak of the complexities of elephant behavior and how understanding the nuances of care is the most difficult part of the job. But it is always interesting to hear the perspective on that topic from someone who has a history of working with elephants when they arrive at…...

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The Path of Elephant Caregiver Growth

One of the things we’ve noticed with elephant caregivers old and new is that each goes through layers of learning and evolution in their growth. There may be times when they are observing and gathering immense amounts of information and putting that to use. Then, almost without fail, it seems…...

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