Learning Elephant Manners
Friday 27th November 2009

Luk Chai’s now over five months old and he’s beginning to learn some elephant manners. We’re starting to teach him some basic words and now that he’s beginning to get a little more interested in the adults' food, he's more inclined to listen to what us keeper have to say.

We are teaching him to understand what we are asking of him. Just basic things at the moment such as moving forward, moving backwards and staying in one place. We train him using 'positive reinforcement' which means whenever he does the right thing we give him a treat, such as a small piece of apple or a sultana, and when he doesn’t we ignore what he did.

He’s got a very short attention span like any youngster, so we keep the session very short, but he’s already responding to some of the things we ask of him to do, which is a great start.

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