A DInner Party for Four

Rana and Mara

All four elephants unexpectedly ate dinner together recently. Shirlei went out to feed and found Rana and Mara first, near the 5A water trough. She fed both of them near where they were. As she was dropping off their dinners, Maia came through the training square, presumably looking for her dinner. Shirlei had Maia follow a little bit further down the fence line and fed her there. Mara stopped eating for a minute to watch, but as soon as she saw that Maia and Rana were both eating, she went back to her dinner.

Meanwhile, Lady must have heard the four-wheeler and wondered where her meal was because she appeared by the portion of the fence between Yards 1 & 5. Rather than walking away when she saw the others, Lady stayed by the fence watching. Since she seemed content to stay where she was, Shirlei fed Lady near the corner where Maia was eating.

Shirlei stayed to observe and saw that everyone seemed calm and ate the correct food. We don’t know what any of the four thought of their little “dinner party.” For us, it’s nice that Lady chose to walk over, saw the others eating dinner in the same yard, and decide to stay and have her dinner near them.

Photo of Rana (left) and Mara (right) enjoying their dinners.

August 17, 2020


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    Kathleen Ryan says

    Thank You for taking such good care of these elephants.

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    Wim says

    Table for four please. ERM with a giant appetite l presume. How exciting that so many borders are disappearing in thin air. The Dinner Club hopefully a lovely comfortable new starting point for the girls.

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    Debbie Sides says

    That’s so wonderful. Maybe Lady will decide the other girls can be her friend. When she’s ready.

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    Nancy Shaw says

    What a wonderful Story !!

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    Alejandra(Sandy)Enquin says

    Ohhhh tea for two and dinner for four.????wonderful ranamaramaialady?

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    Paula says

    Muy feliz por las damas!
    A todos los cuidadores de estas chicas, felicitaciones por este importante logro! Tanto respeto, trabajo, perseverancia y paciencia han logrado este enorme adelanto en el comportamiento de las elefantes ❤
    Gracias por esta hermosa noticia!

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    Angelina says

    Dinner party for four! Yay! Rana looks so happy in that photo! Content. Mara too. Does “the correct food” mean that they all have their own diets?

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      Kat Blais says

      There are slight variations on diets and supplementation. Nothing that if someone got the ‘wrong’ food that it would be detrimental. The only other dietary difference is that Maia gets less hay than the rest of the girls. But that’s because she is a little more round than everyone else and eating from what the habitat offers isn’t as fattening. 😉

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    Carol says


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    que lindas noticias vcs trazem todos os dias! muito amor por essas preciosas elefantas.

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    Sallie says

    The happy girls are coming together! Whoopee!

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    Bo says

    The expression on their faces says it all : happy meal time!
    Lovely image that just makes you smile 🙂

    Wonderful to read how they all seem to become more confident and are more at ease with the company of each other, the environment, and the team of caretakers.

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Such awesome progress for LadyBug. For those not familiar with her solitudeness (new word), this might not seems like such a big deal, but for those of us that know Lady , I just say …. you go girl!!????♥️

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    Rosie P says

    ….and no need for social distancing! I’m so proud of Lady and of the others, too. They have allowed Lady her space and she has shown less fear accordingly. Fabulous story.

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    Barb says

    Wonderful account of almost shared dining of all the girls! One step at a time and promising ???? ?

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