The rainy season hasn’t brought us quite as much rain as past years so far – though we just had a massive storm roll through, which is a wonderful sign. Wetter weather means greener grasses and more branches and vines and all of the things that are delicious to elephants.
We’ve been encouraging the ladies to explore areas they haven’t gone in a while, to check out the different kinds of grasses and generally find new places to wander. The north side of the creek in Yards 4 and 5 are perfect for snacking and exploring, so Scott crossed in Yard 4 to see if Bambi, Mara, and Rana would visit that section of the sanctuary. Maia likes it there and Rana has always enjoyed that part of the pasture; Ramba’s grave is also there.
Bambi and Rana have been going off on their own a bit more, with Bambi growing in confidence. But, of course, Mara is still a very important part of her day, so she doesn’t always stray too far. On this particular day, Rana and Bambi went down to the creek in Yard 4. Last year, Bambi seemed a little concerned about walking up and down the inclines leading to the creek. This year, she didn’t seem to have a problem at all, and she walked right down and up into the pasture for some snacking time. Until… Mara called Bambi back to her side. Bambi then dutifully climbed back down and up the slope to check on her friend.
In this video, you can see Bambi walk down the hill pretty quickly. And you can also see her leave the pasture and head back to the other side when her presence is requested by Mara. Listen for Mara’s trademark squeaks at the end and a little trumpet greeting from Bambi.