If you look closely at this photo, you’ll notice something interesting about the grass in Lady’s mouth. It’s neatly cut. Even though the elephants graze all day, they still are delighted when we deliver pre-cut grass to them. The grass is always greener on the other side, even with waist-high pastures that the elephants love.
We have many types of grasses that grow in and around the sanctuary. Each elephant has their preference as to which varieties they prefer, and sometimes, certain types are only delicious when it is on the other side of the fence. Rana especially likes to graze through the fence – even if she has access to the same grass on her side.
There are also a few varieties here that mostly grow outside the fence – a few of which are deemed delicious (the next expansion will include a giant field of their favorite).
Sometimes, the grass around the property is cut back for various reasons. If we need to weld, we cut grass back around the area for safety. Lately, we’ve been cutting it to build new fences for the African Elephant Habitat. Instead of wasting or composting the grass, we use a machete to cut it by hand to make sure it stays in long, perfect pieces, and then share it with the elephants later.
Is it silly and ridiculous to deliver pre-cut grasses to the girls? Of course. Do they deserve it anyway? Yes, absolutely.