Cut by Hand. Delivered With Love.


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.

March 17, 2020

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    g.hilton says

    Is it silly and ridiculous?

    That face says ‘no’.

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    Barb says

    Hear, hear! Grasses delivered to the girls is a fabulous way to say we love you girls!

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    Kelejan says

    I just love, love, love what you do for our precious girls. And isn’t it true that the grass on the other side is always greener? Just like we humans.

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    Carol says


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    Julie says

    I love the way you all think. I thoroughly agree; the girls do deserve your pampering hearts ❤️

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    This post gave me so much joy! I wish I could feed these elephants by hand 🙂

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Great idea in cutting the grass longer for these special girls. I do wonder why they like it better!! Whatever makes these girls feel special and spoiled!!

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    Heidi says

    I love the look of sheer bliss on her face!

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    Renee' Killian-Zeiger says

    The girls and future Herd deserve the ABSOLUTE BEST of the BEST life that can be given to them. They’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice of captivity through no fault of their own! There’s nothing too good for these Eles ever!!!!

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    Rosie P says

    These girls are so pampered! What a wonderful life they now have. Nothing is too good for our girls! LOL!

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