Changing Up Treatment Times

On a recent morning, the caregivers couldn’t immediately find all of the elephants – which can be a wonderful thing. It means they are out doing elephant things in the habitat. While Maia was visible, Rana, Mara, Bambi, and Guillermina were nowhere to be found. Eventually we found them near the Lollipop Tree and not near the fence or annex in Yard 4, where they generally get their morning treatments. 

Because they were doing their own thing, the caregivers decided to give the girls the morning off. After breakfast (which all of the girls got), we left them to enjoy the afternoon on their own. There was a lot of interaction between the elephants that day and they were grazing and looking for treats around the habitat. 

In the afternoon, the elephants made their way towards the annex and had their treatments just around dinner time.  The elephants didn’t seem to mind the change of schedule, and it was no trouble for the caregivers. Some days you just have to follow what the elephants tell you, and this day their message was: give us time to ourselves. We were delighted to do so.

Photo of Rana, Mara, and Bambi


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    Pamela Hall says

    Their most valuable gift and lesson to me has been their love of solitude. Enlightened beings.

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      Sara says

      The power of choice makes so much difference.

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    Julie says

    Thanks for sharing this. I love to hear about the day-to-day loveliness of freedom of choice.

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Wonderful! These girls are living their best lives. The freedom to make their own choices, lush greenery, friendships, bountiful healthy food. Love and understanding of their care takers. These things only dreamed about in their past cruel lives while in captivity. THANK 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘❤️ YOU GSE

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    Terry says

    Flexible, Fun, and Friends!! Best F’s ever!!!

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