training

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…...

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Guida Prefers Training Her Humans

These two lovely ladies- Guida on the left, Rana the right (looking at the photo). The girls continue to do well. Today we did some training with Maia and Guida, as a way to give them the extra produce they seem to be craving. The funny thing with Guida is…...

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Mendoza Update

  MENDOZA UPDATE: CARE FROM START TO FINISH It has been a little while without a Mendoza update, but as everything with sanctuary, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on behind the scenes.  One of the things we knew would have to happen before we could relocate any of…...

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New Training Wall

Maia and Guida are working on getting used to their new training wall. With the extra bars comes a right and a wrong place for them to put their trunk for treats. This is done for safety and so they learn a bit of elephant/human etiquette....

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For the love of Elephants

For the Love of Elephants When it comes to debates about ‘protected contact’ versus ‘free contact’ and what constitutes a loving relationship between caregivers and elephants, people tend to hold very strong opinions....

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Ramba’s Feet And How They Relate To Other Captive Elephants

In the elephant world, you often hear mentions of foot care and foot health. You might have heard stats like “Foot disease is the leading killer of elephants in captivity” or “50% of elephant mortality in captivity is due to foot disease.”  While this fact is important, the why of…...

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