Archive for the 'Elephants' Category
As you know, our keepers offer fun and interesting enrichment for the elephants every day. However, what you may not know is that now, every day right before 11 in the morning, the keepers finish placing all of the enrichment out into the elephant yard. Then at 11 a.m., the elephants hastily make their way out to play with and explore all of that great enrichment. This has become known as Elephant Rush, and, let me tell you: it is a sight to behold and one you MUST see!
Lutsandvo, aka Looty, is now 4 months old and 480 pounds (218 kilograms). Could he be any cuter? He’s currently just about everybody’s favorite baby. Looty’s at that phase where he always comes over to us and solicits attention, and who are we to deny it? He loves to suck on our fingers and have his tongue scratched.
Jewel has had her second dental procedure (read about her first procedure in An Elephant Goes to the Dentist…). The tooth was very loose, so they decided to remove it and give the new tooth room to grow in straight
You know those cute shirts that stores sell for infants and toddlers? The ones that say things like, “Grandma loves me,” or “Don’t blame me, blame my brother!” I think I know which one would seem appropriate for our newest elephant calf at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park: “Here comes trouble!”
As of May 11, the Wild Animal Park’s newest calf (born on April 12, 2010) weighs 312 pounds (142 kilograms) and continues to gain about 2 pounds a day. Son of first-time mother Swazi, he was our biggest baby at birth at 268 pounds (122 kilograms). The as-yet-named calf has become an efficient “nurser” and also enjoys “nursing” from #1 Auntie, Lungile (who’s not lactating), and occasionally his dad, Mabu, who’s definitely not lactating and has this bewildered look on his face! The baby nurses like clockwork about every half hour and for about two minutes total each time.
Well, it is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since we moved the elephants over to Elephant Odyssey and more than eight months since Tina and Jewel arrived.
Tina and Jewel have made great strides since they joined us back in August 2009. Currently, we are training them for their annual physicals, and both are doing really well. To keep training consistent, each elephant is assigned two primary keepers who train a behavior to completion before handing it off to the rest of the keeper staff.