In the training units that are voluntary for the elephants and are carried out through positive reinforcement, Penzi continues to improve. In training sessions, animal owners can evaluate the elephants and make sure they are healthy.
She comes when her name is mentioned and listens during “target training”. This is an exercise that teaches the elephants to follow the keepers. She also becomes more patient.
Penzi is able to put her suitcase back if she receives a cue that allows the zookeepers to look at her mouth and tongue. Penzi has also learned to open her mouth when the zookeepers give her a cue.
Penzi’s first snow meeting
Like everyone else in Tucson, the elephants were more than delighted with Tucson’s recent snowy day.
Most of the zoo animals decided to stay in their heated night houses when it started snowing, but the herd of elephants decided to stay outside and play in the thunderstorms.
“It was really fun to see how excited they were when it snowed,” says Dodds. “I told my kids about this and how excited they were when they saw snow.”
“(Penzi) had a great time that day,” says Dodds. “We were watching the weather and when the snow started falling she was very excited – she was running around and sliding around in the mud.
San Pedro Chapel is featured in a video tour of the Old Fort Lowell neighborhood as part of the 41st annual Fort Lowell Day.
Live calvary exercises, like the one pictured here in 2015, will be absent from this year’s Fort Lowell Day thanks to COVID-19, but you can watch a video reenactment online.
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The tradition of celebrating Tucson’s Old Fort Lowell neighborhood continues as it has for the past 40 years, minus the live cavalry drills and other personal events.
The 41st anniversary, like most things these days, has been adjusted for COVID-19 times.
Fort Lowell Day, a celebration of the history of the neighborhood bordered by Swan and Craycroft Streets, Glenn Street, and the Rillito River, will take place on Saturday, February 13th via a series of YouTube videos.
Nearby is the Fort Lowell US Army Post, which closed in 1891 and is now a city park at 2998 N. Craycroft Road.
In recognition of its importance, the area has been designated a Historic District by Pima County. Parts of the area are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to bring these vignettes in a format that you can enjoy in the security of your own home,” said Mike Grassinger, president of the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association.
Virtual visitors can find video links to a narrated tour of the San Pedro Chapel, El Callejón and other areas with a diverse cultural and environmental history of the district. a presentation of mariachi music and its Tucson history; a presentation about the descendants of El Fuerte; the B troop cavalry reenacting combat exercises; a cultural history of the neighborhood; and a day in the life of a cavalryman as regulated by bugle calls.