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.