Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ENP - A Brief and Incomplete Update

The last couple of times I’ve been to the park I have been amazed at how quickly things are evolving; I thought I’d post a couple of the changes here.  That way if you are returning to the park for a visit you won’t go into shock ๕๕๕

Except for the furnishings the extension to the dock is finished.   As I understand it, the upstairs may soon be a dining area.  For now it’s a quiet place, under roof, with a marvelous view.
March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011

May 20, 2011

May 21, 2011

The old elephant shelter close to the kitchen is gone and in it’s place will be a parking lot.  The elephants who used to live there have been moved to the new shelter or to the newly extended shelter.
Roof was redone May 2011

Re-roofed and extended

Karl Cullen is doing target training.  This training has a couple of distinct advantages.  First it’s documented proof that these elephants can be trained without abuse.  They respond marvelously to positive re-enforcement.  Second, once trained they are much easier to handle during medical procedures, especially foot care. There will be a whole article on that coming soon.  For now let me just say that the elephants really enjoy the training, Karl’s gentle manner and of course the treats. 
Karl training at the new wall

"O.K. All I do is move my ear to the pole and I get a treat, works for me".
Chang Yim grows bigger each day!   He'll never see torture training.
There are a couple of things that have not changed and will not change.   

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Abundant Blessings, 

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