EleFact Friday: What Makes a Nest?

If you saw our post last week, you learned about our decision to let the sanctuary elephants roam freely at night. We mentioned that allowing them to sleep outdoors promotes a quiet atmosphere to become grounded in, autonomy, and provides them with the most comfortable sleeping options. We also talked about sometimes finding elephant “nests” when cleaning the yards in the morning. For today’s EleFact, we wanted to share more about these nests, as many of you found them (understandably) charming and interesting. 

When the elephants sleep at night, we sometimes find cute little grass nests in the mornings after. They look like what you would imagine – like worn down circles in the grass that are larger than an elephant, typically closer to the size of two. Resembling a crop circle, all of the grass is pushed down like it has been snuggled and laid on, but it’s hard to see from the outside if you are not standing right next to them. Once we found one in Yard 5 that was almost diagonal from the pond in a bushy area that was quite shady, which appeared to provide some cooler relief during the warmer season. We could clearly tell that it was a well-loved spot by how worn down the grass was (and how much dung was nearby, right on the border). 

You wouldn’t think that a grass nest like this would be one of the more impactful aspects of sanctuary, but it’s the small things that seem to make the most difference – being able to provide a shady, open spot for an elephant to lay down, nap, and snuggle safely is just one piece of what makes our job so special and sanctuary so important.

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Photo of Mara emerging from the bushes


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    Beji says

    They have their own B&B. Lucky girls

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    Tammy says

    I never knew that Elephants made nests but I suppose when they’re in the wild they need a safe place to bed down for the evening even though they do sleep standing up too. I just love this and would really like to see a picture of one all snuggled up in their nest maybe one day 💞🐘

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      Kat Blais says

      i don’t know if we’ve ever seen them sleeping in them, we usually find them in the mornings long after they have been up. we can try to get a photo of an empty one, but we couldn’t find one to use for the post. we have a lot of photos. 😂

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    Tammy says

    You teach us so many amazing interesting things i never knew before! Ive got a pretty good idea of what one looks like but an actual picture of one would be awesome to see thanks Kat! Just love all those beautiful girls 💞

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    Barb says

    Ah yes, I often find similar grass nests (smaller of course) that are made and enjoyed by deer. It’s fabulous that the girls get to enjoy nighttime as they do.

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    Lori Hoover says

    That is a beautiful picture of Mara, exceptionally beautiful.

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      Sara says

      We think so, too. Thanks

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