Guillermina

Mendoza Update: Pocha and Guillermina Inspect Their Crates

The crates for Pocha and Guillermina’s eventual travel to sanctuary arrived in Mendoza last week. It took a bit of maneuvering to get them into place, but they are set and mom and daughter have access to one of the containers during the day. Soon they will have access to…...

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Mendoza Update: The Crates Have Arrived!

The crates have arrived in Mendoza! Pocha and Guillermina’s doorways in the training area have been modified to place the crates outside of the enclosure while still allowing the elephants access to them. This way, their already small space won’t get smaller with crates – it’s actually slightly extended.  As a bonus,…...

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Pocha and Guillermina: An Exciting Step Toward Sanctuary

We know this is one of those milestones that you all love, so we are happy to announce the crates have left the sanctuary and are heading to Pocha and Guillermina’s current home: Ecoparque Mendoza. Don’t worry, Minnie (the dog) did not go with them; she was just a temporary…...

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Mendoza Mail: Our Expressive Guillermina

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a Mendoza Mail from Chrissy of Pocha and Guillermina making their silly noises – a series of rumbles, growls, trumpets, squeaks, squeals and my personal favorite, Pocha’s bark. (I call this her sea lion vocal.) Guillermina tries to replicate this, but usually only…...

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Mendoza Mail: Gathering Browse (and Some Spring Cleaning)

Branches can be more than a nutritious snack! Wild elephants will forage for an average of 18 hours a day, eating 200-300 lbs of food (90-136 kg). In a captive environment, elephant diets typically consist of hay, supplemented with fruits and vegetables. Pocha, Guillermina, Tamy, and Kenya’s diets are no…...

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Mendoza Mail: Pocha and Guillermina’s Curious Conversation

Our latest #MendozaMail from Chrissy – Elephants can be very vocal, and on this particular morning Pocha and Guillermina had a lot to say! Pocha is a mother to Guillermina, but I’d venture to say that, due to their circumstances, their relationship is stronger than mother/daughter. They are each other’s…...

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