elephant health

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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Lady and Her Ups and Downs

Lady continues to explore Yards 1 and 5 and has become much more comfortable going into the barn for foot soaks than she was during the early days after Pocha and Guillermina’s arrival. When all of the other elephants are in Yard 4, out of the smaller yards, Lady will…...

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Did You Guess Guille’s Weight? And Why Is Weight Important?

Thanks to everyone who guessed, commented, and asked questions on the post about Guillermina’s weight. We wanted to write this for a couple of reasons: first, people often say they forget how big elephants are until you see them next to a person, so guessing a weight is really difficult.…...

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A Sanctuary Wishlist

Next month we will welcome a staff member visiting from the US, which is rare, and also means that we have the opportunity for someone to bring supplies for the animals that are only available in the United States. In North America, people have a luxury that we don’t have…...

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Caregivers Who Connect

We recently wrote about Lady, her needs from caregivers, and how important it is to listen to the messages she sends. At times, Lady can be uncomfortable with unexpected or unnecessary noises or activities around, especially when she needs someone to focus completely on her needs. That means that having…...

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