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Learn more about my Projects about the Consulting of Elephants in Zoos, e.g. Target-Training, here .

 

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 My Projects: 

1. Enrichment and Planing of new Enclosures 

2. Target-Training and Foot-care

3. Transports of Elephants 

 

Alltogether I worked with 27 Elephants in eight different Zoos. Additional I worked with 10 Asian Elephants in an Elephant-Camp in India.

 

 1. Enrichment and Planing of new Enclosures:

Re-building of elephant-enclosures and creating of Enrichment to improve the welfare of the elephants and to make the enclosures more safety for the staff (keepers) and also for the elephants. Also building an Trainings-Walls for changing the keeping-system to Protected Contact.  

 

Here are some examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 One of the Elephant-Enclosures before the re-building...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... and the same Elephant-Enclosure after the re-building.  Photos: T. Dornbusch

 

DORNBUSCH, T. 2014. Historie der Elefantenhaltung im Zoo Yerevan. Elefanten in Zoo und Circus. Das Elefanten-Magazin: 26: (2014).

http://elephant-behaviour.com/data/documents/26_Kaukasus_2015.pdf

 

 

A other Elephant-Enclosure before the re-building...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... and the same Elephant-Enclosure after the re-building.  Photos: T. Dornbusch 

 

2. Target-Training and Foot-care

 

Target-Training (in Protected Contact) with Elephants in differents Zoos:

Target-Training: This kind of elephant-training only works with positive gratification, but without negative punishment. This Training is the basement for medical-treatment in the "Protected Contact"-Keeping-System. E.g. training the elephants to present all four feets, for feet-care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elephant-Target-Training with the African Elephant-cow "Mirry".   

 

Target-Training with the Asian Elephant-cow "Malka". Photos: T. Dornbusch-Archiv.

Foot-care with Elephants:

 Foot-care with the Asian Elephant-bull "Grand".

 

Foot-care with the Asian Elephant-bull "Bunka".

 

 

Foot-care with the Asian Elephant-bull "Mahasen". Photos: T. Dornbusch-Archiv.

 

3. Transports of Elephants

 

Trainings for the preparation of Transports and the execution of elephant-transports, incl. the Transport of adult elephant-bulls. Here are some different Tarnsports of Elephants in Protected Contact-System. 

Responsible Supervisor for the exchange of elephant bulls, with successfully accomplished (training of both elephants, adjusting the transportation container, ensuring the smooth transportation, etc.).

 

 

 Training with the elephantbull "Grand" for his succsessful Transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport of Asian Elephant-bull "Bunka".  Photos: T. Dornbusch-Archiv.

 

Also see this videos about the transport of asian elephant-bulls into the caucasus, from me in 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmyMNAdfA0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsmp-Dvlmso

 

For more informations about the Projects of Elephant-Specialist Dipl.-Biol. Tobias Dornbusch and about  Elephant-Consulting write an e-mail, please.

 

My Projects:

Zoo Tiflis:

Re-Building Enclosures:

Giving valuable recommandations to rebuild the enclosure (outside and stables), on how to make an Elephant enclosure more safe for elephants and keepers, specially the door. And building an Trainings-Wall for changing the keeping-system to Protected Contact.

Protected Contact (incl. Foot-care):

Training with the Asian Elephants. The training included: Target-Training and foot-care training. And giving very helpful recommendations about elephant care.

Behavioural Enrichment:

Creating some enrichment-constructions for Hay-Box, etc.

Transport:

Successfully supervised the exchange of the Asian Elephant Bulls „Grand“ and „Bunka“, incl. Preparation and Trainings.

 

Eriwan Zoo:

Welfare and Care:

Providing the welfare and daily care of the Asian Elephant, and other Ungulates.

Re-Biulding Enclosures:

Giving importaint recommandations to rebuild the enclosure (outside and stables) saftey for an adult elephant-bull and for changing to the keeping-system Protected Contact (incl. Training-Walls).

Protected Contact:

Organization of cohabits and medical trainings (e.g. Target-Training with Elephant)

Transport:

Responsible Supervisor for the exchange of elephant bulls, with successfully accomplished (training of both elephants, adjusting the transportation container, ensuring the smooth transportation, etc.).

 

Tehran Zoo:

Re-Building Enclosures:

Giving importaint recommandations to rebuild the enclosure (outside and stables) saftey for an adult elephant-bull and for changing to the keeping-system Protected Contact (incl. Target-Walls).

Protected Contact (incl. Foot-care):

Working with the elephants, and training them in Target-Training (persent all four feets, etc.) for Foot-care.

Behavioural Enrichment:

Additional creating some enrichment-constructions for Hay-nets, etc.

 

Building an Elephant-Transport-Container  

Building an own Elephant-Transport-Container.  Photo: Tobias Dornbusch-Archiv.

 

Elephant-Footcare-Project in India (2016):

Pedicure of an Asian Elephant in an Indian Elephant-Camp.  Photo: T. Dornbusch-Archiv.

 

Elephant-Surgery / Lifting up Elephant (2018):

 

Width belts (straps) for lifting up an adult Elephant.

 

Preparing width belts, ropes and mattresses for an Elephant-Surgery.

 

Lifting up an adult Asian Elephantbull in a Zoo, after Surgery.

 

(c) Copyright: Dipl.-Biol. Tobias Dornbusch 2012 - 2018.

Key-words: Elephant-Transport; Elephant-Transfer; Elephant-Relocation.