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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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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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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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