Bambi’s Delicate Grazing

Because the rainy season has created a whole world of fresh, green grass around the sanctuary, you can find all of the elephants grazing almost constantly. Wild elephants graze for 15-20 hours a day, and our sanctuary residents have the same luxury of being able to eat all day if they choose.They have a buffet of food to feast on almost everywhere they go. 

Sometimes Bambi is a gregarious eater, but here she’s chewing a smaller, daintier bite than she might normally take. Instead of grabbing large mouthfuls, she has decided to be selective, picking small trunkfuls of the specific kind of grass she likes. She’s clearly in no hurry since she knows her food grows everywhere and she doesn’t have to share. 

Along with satisfying psychological and physical needs, the ability to graze and having copious amounts of vegetation at their disposal is also good for socialization. It cuts down on individuals being food possessive and competing for food -another stressor that occurs in captivity with elephants.


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    Pamela Hall says

    Does “regional cuisine” affect their digestion? They have been moved and live so many places I can imagine different plants, etc. Can cause trouble.

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      Sara says

      Their digestion becomes healthy and normal with a natural diet. It makes a big difference and allows them to get nutrients they might have been missing in other captive situations.

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    Wim says

    So sweetly and relaxed. Feels like elephant justice.

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    Julie says

    I never thought of that stressor. Perhaps food possessiveness contributed to the problems between Bambi and Maison? Anyway, Bambi looks like a different elephant now. So beautiful to see!

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    Tracy H says

    Looks and sounds like pure paradise! Love me some Bambino. She is such a cutie

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    Tammy says

    15-20 hours a day grazing wow so approximately how many pounds of food would that be per day?

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      Sara says

      It’s estimated that Asian elephants can eat up to 300 pounds per day.

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