September 24, 2016
September 24 marks one year since African elephant Hadari retired to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. After 35 years, Hadari now spends her days like many retirees…doing what she chooses, when she chooses.
“Seeing Hadari transition into a sanctuary elephant has been a highlight of my nearly 20-year career working with a variety of animals,” said Stephanie DeYoung, Director of Elephant Husbandry at The Elephant Sanctuary. “Of the many firsts that Hadari has had over the past year, two of the greatest moments Care Staff observed include the first time Hadari crossed the creek bed at the farthest end of her habitat, as well as the first time she ventured down into her habitat’s deep valley. I can't wait to see what other firsts Hadari will share with us in the future.”
At The Sanctuary, Hadari has been given time to adjust to her new surroundings at her own pace, and introductions with Tange and Flora—two of The Sanctuary’s long-term African elephant residents—has gone extremely well.
Thanks also to Sanctuary’s Protected Contact/Positive Reinforcement management program, Hadari readily participates in routine husbandry behaviors including foot care, baths and other medical treatments all aimed at providing her optimal and individualized health care.
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