elephant health

EleFact Friday: Measuring Elephant Body Conditions

We recently shared an updated photo of Guillermina comparing her weight and overall appearance when she arrived at the sanctuary and now. Many of you were thrilled with her progress and supportive of her journey, although some people voiced their concerns over several of our elephants looking “too thin.” In…...

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Elephant Food Prep

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to feed six elephants in a day, have we got some delicious video for you! On this particular afternoon, we received a delivery of produce which was sorted, processed, the excess stored, and the day’s food distributed in buckets for each elephant to…...

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EleFact Friday: Zombie Cells

In the early days of EleFacts, we shared the fascinating truth of elephant’s mutating genes that prevent them from getting cancer. To refresh your memory, elephants possess what is lovingly referred to as a “zombie” gene. In human and animal bodies, cells are constantly mutating and, in some cases, our…...

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Observing Maia’s Ear

You may have noticed at some point that Maia has scar tissue on her right ear which looks like a puffy area towards the base of her ear. It’s about the size of a hand and has been there since she came to sanctuary; we suspect that it’s a result…...

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Mateus, Rana, and Elephant Autonomy

Because of her minor ankle injury, Rana has been getting oral medication and liniment on her ankle as part of her morning check-up. Recently, caregiver Mateus was asking Rana to come into the chute for her treatment, but she didn’t seem interested in coming in. This is uncommon, but Rana…...

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EleFact Friday: Weather or Not…

It’s heating up at sanctuary as the dry season creeps in and some of you at home may be experiencing some warmer temperatures as well. For today’s EleFACT, we want to take a look at how abnormally warm temperatures can affect elephants around the world. ...

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