Today, we did our first live feed with our drone, Wall-E. Wall-E has recently been repaired and is back to flying high. Having a drone is very helpful in such a large space – including for keeping tabs on the elephants.
Today, Lady had access to Yard 4 for the first time (she has now spent time in all the yards!). We like to give our new elephants space to encourage them to explore and learn to be themselves; but, on days like today, when Lady has access to a new area for the first time, we also need to keep an eye on her, to make sure she seems content and doesn’t seem stressed out by the new space. The drone is a great way to “check-in” with her from above without interrupting her. We keep it high enough and far enough away that the elephants don’t seem to notice to respond. The drone lets us check-in for other reasons as well, but that was today’s reason for checking in.
You can follow along with this video and watch Lady play with a stick in Hidden Pasture – which was one of Maia & Guida’s favorite spots. We also provide a brief ariel tour (that includes both ponds, as well as some fencing).
Pardon the small interruptions from goofy dogs and a rooster, they are just a little bit spoiled and can’t help themselves.
January 3, 2020
Check out these blog posts on Wall-E!
- Meet Wall-E Our New Drone (Jan, 2018)
- Wall-E Catches Maia and Guida in the Pond (Feb, 2018)
- Drone Photo of the Sanctuary (Jul, 2018)