elephant health

Our Medical Care Approach

Elephants who arrive here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil are rarely in the best of health. After decades of work with elephants, we practice an approach to their medical care that attempts to take every aspect of their well-being into consideration. All of our animal residents (elephants, rescue and release, even…...

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EleFact Friday: Elephants Truly Have Big Hearts

Happy EleFACT Friday. Although elephants’ physical size towers over many other species, the internal organs are proportionally no bigger than those of many other mammals. However, the heart in particular is surprisingly large and can vary in size depending on the elephant’s age and weight. The average weight for an…...

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A Health Check-Up With Rana

None of the elephants at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil came to us in perfect health, but we have seen each of them heal in so many ways since their arrival. Rana is now in good health for her age, but she has some smaller, lingering issues that still need attention....

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Trish and Mateus Learn From Each Other

Part of the benefit of having our US elephant veterinarian and consultant, Doctor Trish, on site is that Mateus has someone to watch and work alongside. But having them spend time together is as much for her benefit as it is for his. While Trish specializes in elephant medicine, she…...

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EleFact Friday: The Incredible Elephant Brain

We’re back for EleFACT Friday to talk about elephant brains and what they’re capable of. We know already that elephants are intelligent, but what is it about their brains that contributes to this intelligence and emotional awareness? ...

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Lady Explores and Flourishes

Lady spends much of her time in Yards 1, 2, and 3. Those are the smaller yards and closer to the barn, so she does not spend much time in Yards 4 and 5, which are the big yards. Some of the reasoning behind keeping her in the smaller yards…...

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