It’s the time of year when we can see the transition from rainy season to dry season on the horizon, which means we need to make the appropriate arrangements for fire readiness in the months to come. One of those changes means cutting lawns everywhere, which includes the grass inside the habitat so that it grows back lovely next season. If the grass is cut just prior to the end of the rainy season, it still gets a little precipitation, so it doesn’t die off while staying short.
Next year when it’s coming back, the growth won’t be from a long, dry grass; it starts anew. And our slightly picky ladies are very appreciative of young new growth. That’s why the male Asian habitat was so lush this year for visitors – it had been perfectly trimmed the year before.
By now, the staff has almost completed cutting all of the yards, as the shifting of elephants has aided in their jobs immensely. Having our fencing system set up the way it is helps us configure lots of things, including yard care. It’s essential to keep separate yards for elephant socialization and care, but it also is a great method to maintain healthy pastures with lush, green grass for longer periods of time.
Photo of Guillermina