The rainy season has not yet arrived in full force, though we have had several significant storms in the past few weeks. There is more cloud cover, so the days are cooler and the humidity is higher. Because the heat is decreasing, we are beginning to see the increased activity in the elephants that usually comes with the trees having full leaves and fresh grass growing.
Because the elephants are not staying as close to a water source as they might during sunnier days, they are exploring more of the open pasture areas. For instance, Lady has her regular spots that offer shade and water, even during the high point of the dry season. Already she has shifted into spending time in some of her other favorite spots that have less cover from the sun, because she doesn’t need it as much. A couple of mornings ago she came through the bushes when Scott went to find her at breakfast, with a coating of dirt and her classic side smile.
Bambi, Mara, and Rana are wandering a bit more as well, which means Maia is encountering them more frequently as she moves around. Maia still wanders on her own, grazing and looking to pick up scraps that the others have left, but also seeks the three out with sheer curiosity and increased comfort.
As things get rainier and cooler, we look forward to more vocalizations and more parties throughout the habitat – which brings more lightness to the humans as well.
Photo of Lady under a cloudy sky