Ramba’s yard is far from ideal; it is only 2 acres, which is nowhere near large enough to sustain her physically or psychologically. It is however, due to their purposeful flooding irrigation, enough to grow a little grass that allows her to spend some of her day grazing. This simple activity that can normally consume up to 20 hours of a wild elephant’s day, is enough to stimulate muscle use, toning and tightening. It also changes Ramba’s mental well-being. It lifts her spirits, which improves her posture and can ultimately influence her physical appearance.
When we talk about the countless benefits that will come with Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, the most substantial, aside form the vast, expansive habitat, is climate. Year round warm temperatures and a year round growing season means Ramba and others will never again be confined to a barn, they will never again experience the winter doldrums. And, all year round, they will be able to do the simplest but also the most fundamental activity for good physical and psychological health: graze and forage. The difference in Ramba after just a couple of short weeks of warm spring temperatures was detectable, just imagine how she look when she never has to experience another cold winter and has room to graze for weeks straight without ever retracing her steps.
Just to give you an understanding of what we were looking at, here is some of what was noted in regards to the top two photos. The 2 photos used were as close as we could get to the same body angle:
Her musculature is more developed in the bottom photo, causing her to hold her body differently-which is a good thing. In the top picture you can see her body just hangs on her skeletal frame. But in the bottom photo it is supported by muscle and doesn’t just sag. It’s noticeable around her neck area as well as her abdominal area looking tighter.
Her shoulder is more defined due to muscles, more muscle and less fat will also change how prominent her hip is. We have never like judging her weight by her left hip bone, because it can change so much-due to it being abnormal.