Video From Ingo: Pocha Models Crate Behavior For Guillermina

In this video from Mendoza, Ingo talks about the philosophy behind the container training process and how Pocha shows Guillermina how it’s done. The video is in Spanish, but has English subtitles. Just click the little [CC] button at the bottom of the video.


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    Barb says

    Patience and respect for mom and daughter! Here’s hoping all goes smoothly so they can be safely transported to their forever home at ESB!

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    SandyJK says

    Bless these wonderfully patient and wise humans helping P&G find their way to the sanctuary. Tamy will be next..we hope and pray.

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      Sara says

      We are lucky to have such wonderful staff working with Pocha and Guillermina. Kenya will be next, since her habitat is already finished. We don’t have the permits to begin building Tamy’s habitat yet. But there are many good things to come!

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    Very nicely done !!!!! Hopefully by the end of October , GSE will have two NEW residents?????

    Meantime, for the 5-6? day drive from Mendoza to GSE, I would hope that the food is being calculated, like 500? apples, 25 watermelons, 50 mangos? 200? bananas? a couple of semi trailer trucks full of grasses, and hay, maybe 5-10 tons? , and 500-1,000 gallons of water? Does that list get close to what the trip will need to feed Pocha and Guillermina?

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      Kat Blais says

      when they arrive is up to them. the trip is 4-5 days and is calculated from their current diet. they will need two different loads of food, since food cannot cross from Argentina into Brazil. there are several water tanks that are refilled at each stop. they only eat a few bales of hay each day, fresh fodder will also be picked up along the way.

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    Katie Howard says

    Phenomenal work! I am so proud of GSE for making this be about the elephants’ comfort. Pocha and Guillermina will be comfortable when they decide it’s time…and we just Have. To. Wait ❤️ 🐘🐘 ❤️

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    Carol says

    Patience is right!!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💗💗

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    Carey says

    What a good idea, I hope the tunnel works. Heartfelt thanks to you Ingo for your patience and care. With best wishes.

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    Anita J says

    Ingo is so so awesome! Loved this video so much! So many interesting facts and we could see the girls!! We are all so impatient only because we know what a paradise awaits them! I even worry how poor Guille will react to all that space! Smells! Peace! Horizon! Sunsets!…not to mention that soft ground, grasses, and bushes and trees and strange sounds…it will be truly a new, strange world…I so hope it will be soon….like this month soon!…lol…but if not, if they still not ready, so be it….It will be all on their time..:-))) Thank you for that footage..:-) Very grateful for all your communication…xoxoxox

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    bo says

    oh, such love and warmth this team has for the elephants!
    and endless patience.
    you all truly respect the elephant way, not the human way!
    just saw the video of Guillermina going……. inside the crate !!!
    waw, i am so impressed with you, Guillermina, and with your sweet Mom of course!
    such a huge step forward, oh!
    yes, yes, of course, we know it is still a long long way to go but this is just wonderful!

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    Rachel says

    Thank you Ingo. I’m so excited about the finish line but completely understand that such a thing will not happen with patience, thoughtful training, and corazón. Continued prayers and support, as always. 💝

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    TG says

    Can you post this on Twitter? I would like to RT! Thank you!

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      Sara says

      Sure. We will post a link shortly.

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    Lori Hoover says

    I bet those girls are learning to adore Ingo. He was great.

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    Jillyp says

    Truly truly amazing work with these beautiful elephants, Pocha & Guillermina. Such patience and understanding for what they need and letting them lead what happens in their own time. Thank you Ingo and all the team. It’s wonderful seeing Pocha & Guille explore the crates. I wonder how they’ll react, especially Guille, when the door is closed behind and they can’t choose to come out again for a few days. Will you practise closing the doors for periods of time before departure? Unbelievably fantastic work you’re all doing. Just amazing 💕💖🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🌱💜
    Thank you 🙏🏼

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      Kat Blais says

      yep, closing things up is part of the practice routine before the trip. 🙂

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