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Karissa Is Back and Working with Lady

Karissa is back at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil for four weeks. She is a protected contact and positive reinforcement trainer that we have worked with previously. She has worked extensively with the elephants at Mendoza on our behalf to prepare them for their quarantine periods and transports here. She has worked…...

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Lady’s Baby Steps That Are Really Giant Leaps

Lady is starting to understand the “big picture” of target training. Simplistically, target training is the process of teaching her to touch a specific part of her body to a target. This morning, we used the “target pole” (which looks a lot like a giant q-tip) to ask for her…...

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New Training Areas and Treatment Chutes Going Up

It isn’t cost-effective to purchase partial loads of steel, so when purchasing tubes for Kenya’s fencing we had to round up a tiny bit. Thankfully, we always have ways to use extra steel. As Lady has revealed herself to be quite an explorer, we are using some of the extra…...

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Training, Treats and Curiosity at The Square

  Lady watched Rana’s treatment along the fence with fascination and rapture a few days ago. We treated Maia and Rana along the fence line again today – this time, we had a third person with us, so Kat did the treatment on Maia near the gate at the square…...

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Lady’s Training is Coming Along

Lady is slowly coming along with her training. The beginning of target training with elephants can be difficult- often the hardest part. The base concept of target training is teaching an animal to gently touch a pre-determined body part to the target (e.g., touching a specific foot to the target…...

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Lady’s First Foot Soak at Sanctuary

Today we were able to try foot soaks with Lady for the first time at sanctuary. As many of you know, there was a large and angry wasp nest on the gate leading into her foot soak jacuzzi tub. Even after we removed the nest and relocated it quite a…...

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