How are the elephants adjusting to their new home?
Tony: Trong Nhi and Nhi Linh are doing well and acclimating to their new habitat and routine.
Rebecca: These two have a very strong mother-daughter bond. They are affectionate toward each other and sleep together. At 9 years old, Nhi Linh is approaching breeding age. We have seen behaviors that indicate she’s ready for some independence. However, mom doesn’t seem ready for that to happen. Trong Nhi has strong maternal instincts and is very protective of her daughter.
What is Nhi Linh’s personality like?
Robbie: Moving to a new home can be daunting, but Nhi Linh has been brave, resilient and ready for challenges! Given her young age, I would have expected her to be hesitant about new experiences and activities. Lucky for us, Nhi Linh is proving to be an inquisitive, eager and fast learner.
I have really enjoyed building the foundations of a positive relationship with Nhi Linh. This is a critical step in setting her up for a healthy and active life at the Zoo, as it is the basis for our positive reinforcement training program. We’re teaching her complex husbandry and medical behaviors that allow us to closely monitor her vitals and provide her with the best possible care.
Her participation is voluntary, and we reward her with lots of praise and some tasty treats when she does the correct behavior. Considering the short time we have known her, I appreciate the trust she has placed in our team. I’m happy to share that on Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, Nhi Linh voluntarily participated in a blood draw procedure!