Next up - a swim and play session for this water-loving pachyderm followed by the ultimate treat – the opportunity to roll about and cover herself in some lovely fresh, soft and fluffy ‘screened’ topsoil (super fun and excellent for her skin!) before chomping into some browse of choice, Ficus macrophylla (Morton Bay fig).
As you can see from our footage and photos, Burma loved it!
“As a 41-year-old Asian elephant, Burma is now over middle-aged. Much like some of us as we age, she’s naturally a bit stiffer in her joints and muscles, but she still has plenty of energy, a love of play, and her cheeky spirit,” says elephant team leader Andrew.
“To keep her as flexible and physically and mentally fit and healthy as possible, we’re very pro-active with the wide range of treatments we regularly give her. These are additional to her daily workouts, walks and enrichments, and the transport crate training sessions we do in preparation for next year’s move to Monarto Safari Park - which she still really enjoys.
“Burma regularly has Equissage, which uses Cycloidal Vibration Therapy (CVT). This is fantastic for her circulation, lymphatic system, muscles, and joints. As the name suggests it’s primarily used on horses and we’re very fortunate to have had a Equissage machine donated by Equissage Therapy NZ,” says Andrew.