Working with elephants

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

We at the Seneca Park Zoo are constantly reviewing our animal care practices to insure we are providing the best care possible in all ways to the animals entrusted to us. We consistently build on already high standards to take them even higher. Of particular importance to us is our behavioral management training. We ask our animals to voluntarily perform many behaviors that contribute to their health and care, thus reducing risk and stress for both staff and animal as much possible.

In the photo above, you see some of our elephant care staff, Elephant Manager Lindsay Bronson and Elephant Handler Jenna Bovee, asking Lilac to position herself for her daily bath. Lilac has come to appreciate the positive rewards, both the food and the attention, associated with this event. This is just one example of the many ways we allow our animals to voluntarily participate in their daily care. Click here to watch a video of our staff working with Lilac.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director