foot health

Rana Learning Footwork

We used subtitles on the video, but the reality is there are a tremendous amount of nuances involved with positive reinforcement training, and even in the text, we could never cover even a fraction. This video is from a few weeks ago, it was when Rana was just learning to…...

Read more

Some Footwork for Maia

Today was another Guida and Rana morning. After no one showed up at the barn all day yesterday, Guida and Rana arrived together early today. The two were nice and calm, no nudges.  Maia showed up about half an hour later, so we took advantage and did some footwork with…...

Read more

Ramba’s Mud Nap

  This is Ramba (not Rana), in Chile. If you don’t know her, (you should, she’s amazingly lovely) you can read about her on her page (link below).  Those who do know her, nothing new with CITES permits. Today Ramba took a mud bath and in the middle, decided she…...

Read more

Ramba Update January 2019

A little Ramba update. She is doing well, and her limp has improved. Today her caregivers noticed that it looks like she will have a small blowout over the nail she’s had problems with since her circus days. One of the biggest struggles with foot issues is that infections can…...

Read more

Rana: Barn, Sleep and Feet

Cutie Rana bug half asleep in her little mud wallow. Two things are fairly common with new elephants, especially zoo elephants. The first is that the barn is somewhat of a security blanket. After years, sometimes decades of living in the same little square, they find comfort in returning. In…...

Read more

Step by Step with Rana

Many of you noticed Rana lifting her back legs and slapping between them with her tail in the live videos. We mentioned she had an undiagnosed issue with her vulva at the farm, but they weren’t able to safely investigate it or treat it other than spraying it from a…...

Read more