Category: Elephant program
Sunday, December 18, 2016
The Oklahoma City Zoo’s elephant program encompasses daily feedings, exercises, baths enrichment activities and health checks. As a part of the elephant team, I enjoy doing footwork on the elephants the most.
Footwork is a very important part of keeping our elephants healthy. Everyday during each elephant’s morning bath, we hose off and inspect their feet for any problems. An elephant’s foot pad is like a giant shock absorber that enables them to walk, swim, climb, stomp on...
at Sunday, December 18, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Bamboo, the Asian elephant, is the oldest of our herd at 49 years old. That’s pretty good considering the median lifespan of an Asian elephant is 47 years! Bamboo is the grandma of our herd and with that comes some extra care and considerations. All of the elephants begin their day with a bath in which the keepers check their entire body from trunk to tail, and Bamboo is no exception. This is the time where she gets to spend one-on-one time with her keepers...
at Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Elephants are magnificent creatures and have many facets. One of those facets is their intelligence level. Elephants are one of the smartest animals on the planet, which enables us to create a respectable relationship with them. As trainers, we are given the opportunity to observe their intelligence on a daily basis through volunteer-type training where they have the freedom to choose to participate. This training enables us, as their caretakers, to mentally and physically stimulate them. Every...
at Saturday, November 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Elephants have been a passion of mine since I first saw one at the San Diego Zoo when I was a child. From that point, I knew I wanted to help save wildlife and wild places. I started my career at the Virginia Zoo in 2002 working with African elephants Monica, Lisa and Cita. In 2006, I joined the team at the Oklahoma City Zoo to work with their two female Asian elephants Chandra and Asha, and I haven’t looked back. Over the years, the Zoo’s elephant herd has grown...
at Tuesday, October 11, 2016