The photo is Rana following us and the four wheeler out into the habitat. She caught on very quickly that the ATV means dinner, treats, snacks and sometimes her new sisters on the other side (they sometimes wander away before she does.)
Because of the amount of time we are spending with all three of them in the habitat, we could use your help. We have only one four wheeler at the sanctuary, but it is used for many tasks. Right now Scott and I have it for the entire morning while we sit in the habitat and watch the elephants. These observations allow us to see how they are interacting with each other, how responsive each is being and if we need to make adjustments in their routine to give them time and space. These first few weeks/months will become the foundation for which their relationship is built on, so every step is important.
At this point it is clear that we need an additional four wheeler so while we are out with the girls the staff can continue to get their job done as well. This includes cleaning the yards and barn, dumping the dung trailer and cutting palms and browse for breakfast for the elephants and snacks for the tapirs. Every task is part of providing the best care possible for our elephants. It is also imperative that either Scott or myself has access to a four wheeler at all times, in case of an emergency.
We would be incredibly grateful for any end of the year gifts towards providing care for the girls. We are starting the fundraiser with a generous $1000 match, so initial gifts will go twice as far.
Thank you to everyone for your support and for following along on Rana’s journey at sanctuary. We look forward to sharing more with you.
December 27, 2018