When Bambi first started spending time in Yard 4, we gave her a bit of a tour over a few days. Sometimes our new arrivals explore the space with a friend who has lived here for a while, such as Mara, who explored with Rana. Since Bambi was in Yard 4 by herself, we tried to feed her in different areas each time. Many kinds of grass grow in the habitat, and, just like with fruit, each elephant has their own grass preferences. We showed her the water trough, pond, and also all the different pastures and areas with various grasses for her to try. Some spots, like Hidden Pasture, have multiple types of grass in the same field. When we introduced her to Hidden Pasture, we fed her under one tree and placed her second pile of food in a different type of grass. Encouraging her to eat in both areas motivates her to try multiple varieties of grass – or at least to decide if she wants to try them.
Her first morning in Yard 4, we fed her in the woods behind the pequi tree. When we went out the next morning for breakfast, Bambi was in the same location where her breakfast was served the previous day. We aren’t sure if she was looking for scraps or believed that was where she was supposed to eat breakfast. Regardless, we led her off and fed her in another cute spot a little bit away. As we mentioned in a recent post, she doesn’t seem to be in any particular location for meals recently, which is fantastic.
Having spent a few days “showing” her all the areas, we are now feeding her near where she is at meals, trusting her to determine where she wants to spend her time when she’s in Yard 4. She doesn’t seem to have any apparent preferences yet, but we will likely see patterns developing over time.
Photo of Bambi.