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Caregiver Training and Mateus’ Growth

Training to become an elephant caregiver is a slow and intricate process. You have to commit to learning practices that are specific to elephants and you also have to be willing to watch, listen, and allow yourself to be vulnerable with the elephants in order to be attuned to their…...

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Mendoza Mail: Pocha and Guillermina Get Into Mischief

Pocha and Guillermina’s training in Mendoza is moving forward for the moment, though – as we have mentioned – gradually. Perhaps that is why the two ladies are trying to add a little excitement to their time in quarantine with some late-night antics.  On a recent evening, security guards caught…...

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Mendoza Mail: Learning is Different for Every Elephant

Things in Mendoza are progressing, albeit at a slow speed. Pocha continues to consistently do well with the behaviors required for her 30-day in-place quarantine. Guillermina is slowly returning to her normal self with training, but she isn’t fully there. Every elephant is very individual. Within that individuality, most of…...

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Mendoza Mail – Guillermina’s Progress and Challenges

Things at the Ecoparque Mendoza have been a little challenging recently. Training is a process, whether you are training a dog, an elephant, or a child. Even outside of training, Guillermina is complex, due to her limited life experiences and strong-willed personality, which we’ve always been aware of....

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Mendoza Mail – The Crates Bring a Change of Pace

Pocha and Guillermina have had time and space to explore their crates, which arrived several weeks ago. They haven’t fully entered the crates yet, but are continuing to try and figure things out....

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A Long Journey: The Learning Curve For New Caregivers

Elephants, particularly older individuals and those dealing with injuries and ailments, require a particular kind of care at sanctuary. Elephants are unique in their needs and their healing processes – so even those with experience caring for animals have a lot to learn about the specialized care required in this…...

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