Vet treatment and positive reinforcement target training go hand in hand when working with captive elephants. Medical treatment and visits to the clinic can be a stressful occasion for a captive elephant. Having spent their lives in the tourist and logging industry, our elephants have suffered injuries that would often go untreated in their previous lives. The pain and abuse inflicted on these elephants leaves them very untrusting and uncomfortable with people touching certain areas of their body such as their feet and ears.
TARONGA Zoo’s Asian elephant Tukta has died suddenly from a common virus after receiving emergency care by a team of veterinary staff.
She was eight years old.
The beloved female elephant died yesterday following a sudden and acute onset of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).
EEHV is present in almost all Asian Elephants both in the wild and in zoos however it only causes illnesses in some young elephants and when it does it is almost always fatal.
Local students feed an Asian elephant with fruits during an elephant buffet marking the Thai National Elephant Day in Ayutthaya, Thailand, March 13, 2018. Thailand observed its annual National Elephant Day on Tuesday with various activities to raise public awareness of the conservation of elephants and their habitats. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
As everyone knows from the 1980s big hair metal band, Poison, “every rose has its thorn.”
Now Rozie the elephant, who gave birth to a calf last week at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, also has a Thorn.
On Wednesday the zoo announced the baby’s name, Thorn, was selected from about 3,000 submissions from local residents, said zoo spokesman Greg Jackson.
The elephant keepers narrowed the choices down to three – Thorn, Solo and Ren, the latter two being Star Wars references in deference to the baby’s birth date: May the Fourth (be with you), said Jackson.
They will be taught basic commands and will carry out complex tasks later
Three captive elephants from the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary in Kerala began their three-month training to become kumki elephants, at the Theppakadu elephant camp in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve on Friday.
The elephants, named Suryan, Neelakandan, and Surendran, will be trained to become kumkis or trained elephants that can be used for operations to trap wild elephants and help mitigate human-animal conflicts.