Because of the warm weather, the elephants are using the mud wallows and ponds frequently. Recently, Mara was in the pond at least three times in a day and Lady was taking leisurely dips as well. In addition to having plenty of water to cool down with, we also give them cold treats as replenishing snacks.
“Popsicles” made of Gatorade or coconut water and fruit pieces are the order of the day. Some of the girls prefer a frozen watermelon instead – and Bambi isn’t always a fan of frozen things, depending on the contents. Nevertheless, they’re all offered different options to hydrate with, in addition to all of the water sources around.
We also make sure that the caregivers are staying as cool as possible. They always keep lots of water on them and they’re taking shorter shifts on the hottest days. But they have popsicles at the ready as well. While theirs aren’t homemade, we keep them in freezers at the barn, in the elephant kitchen, and at the office, should anyone want a little extra pick-me-up on a scorching afternoon. So we say: popsicles all around!
Photo of Mara and her watermelon