elephant health

Keeping an Eye On Guille’s Emotional State

Some of you have asked how it’s possible to identify the changes that Guillermina might be going through as she moves through the healing process. We have learned over the years what sorts of tell-tale signs emerge when an elephant is dealing with significant change or grief. As with any…...

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EleFact Friday: Keeping Cool and Warming Up

As we finally enter the autumn season in the states, the rainy season is about to begin down in Brazil. Changing seasons allow us to reflect and prepare to help the elephants keep cool (or warmer) as their bodies do the work to regulate and help them adapt to changes…...

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EleFact Friday: How Nature Cares For Feet

For this EleFACT Friday, we’re talking about feet and how walking on natural surfaces helps keep them healthy; it also reduces the need for excessive foot work in captive elephants. Elephants have evolved in such a way that their natural walking abilities help keep their feet in good working order....

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EleFact Friday: Healthy Skin

Because several elephants at sanctuary have experienced skin issues, and we have received numerous questions, we are focusing this week’s EleFACT on skin health and how it impacts overall health. ...

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EleFact Friday: Elephants Graze All Day Long

We often talk about elephants grazing or eating meals here at sanctuary. So, for this week’s EleFACT Friday, we are going to talk about just how much elephants eat in a day and why. The elephants here browse on grass, vines, roots, and trees, among other things. We also supplement…...

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Dr. Trish: Communicating With My Patients

We’ve written posts before from our visiting veterinarian, Dr. Trish. We thought we’d share some of her thoughts about what it’s like to treat patients – in this case elephants – who can’t verbally communicate. What she has to say is both surprising and practical. (We want to note that…...

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