elephant health

Rana Is Growing More and More Hair!

Rana is growing more and more hair. We posted about it a few months ago, but her hair has continued to grow thicker and heavier. When she arrived, she was hairless. She has always been a distinct-looking elephant with her hairless body and beautifully smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Now she is…...

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Mara the Picky Eater

Mara has been a very selective eater for a long time. We aren’t sure when it began, but she was quite picky when she arrived. With her recent intermittent appetite, figuring out what Mara will eat each day is a bit of a full-time job. For example, just in terms…...

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Bambi’s Weight Is Going in the Right Direction!

The photo speaks for itself, but we want to share a little about Bambi’s weight as well. We know many of you are concerned about her putting on weight, but we also think most people forgot how emaciated she was upon arrival. It’s also difficult to not see her as…...

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Age-Related Changes in Elephants

The average lifespan of captive Asian elephants is 48 years (per Wikipedia). Maia, our youngest elephant, is 47. Our other residents are all older – Rana is 62, Lady is 49, Mara is 55, and Bambi is 58. With elephants, like all other animals, everyone ages a little differently and…...

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What We Know About Bambi’s Eyes

Another guest post from our lovely veterinarian Trish: We just wanted to show you close up pictures of beautiful Bambi’s eyes and explain what we currently know about her eyes. Bambi’s right eye has a very early, immature cataract that can only be seen in certain lighting. Bambi’s left eye…...

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A Garden Full of Fantastic Elephant Dung Compost

We’ve been working hard on our garden for the past few weeks. Our two rescue goats (Sally & Jorgie) usually spend some time there, but two goats are no match for the growth that comes with the rainy season. The garden was getting pretty overrun with weeds and starting to…...

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