training

Trainer Karissa Guest Post 2: A Productive Trip

Karissa has left the sanctuary to head back to her home in the US. We are grateful for her time and hard work with the girls. She wrote one last post before she left. Next time you hear from Karissa, she will be in Mendoza getting Pocha and Guillermina ready…...

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Trainer Karissa Guest Post, Bambi’s Adorable Silliness

Karissa, who as we recently mentioned is here for a few weeks, wrote a guest post for us today, and even filmed this lovely video! Enjoy! Nine months. Nine months of no elephants for me—the longest period since my work with elephants began 11 years ago. It was a rough…...

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Positive Reinforcement Training With Bambi

We are totally charmed by Bambi’s silliness, overzealousness, and puppy-like behavior, but she is not exactly grasping the concept behind positive reinforcement training, which can happen for some elephants (and animals in general) encountering that style of training for the first time. Our goal is to teach her medically necessary…...

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Bambi’s First Steps of Positive Reinforcement Training

Due to a lack of safe facilities, Bambi’s zoo was unable to fully assess her medically, so there are many questions about her health. We suspect some kidney issues, and her weight loss is a cause for concern. She has some obvious issues with one nail and her cuticles, but…...

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One Step Back. And Two Steps (and four sticks) Forward.

When Mara lived at the EcoParque, her life was different in a lot of ways. One of these differences is the bars that separate her from humans. Here, the bars on the fencing are widely spaced of course, but even in the chute and our training walls, we still have…...

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Training and Treatment With Our Inseparable Twosome

As we have mentioned previously, Rana has a papilloma near her eye (the white spot that is visible in photos). We treat it every other day with topical preparations and a medical cold laser. Since Rana and Mara are somewhat inseparable, we are using Rana’s every-other-day eye treatment as a…...

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