Elephant Diary

Pond Napping. Wallow Napping. Wood Napping. It’s All Good With Maia.

Maia, our pond napper extraordinaire, has been napping in the woods lately. She’s still sleeping in the ponds and mud wallows but has begun periodically disappearing in the woods during the afternoons to nap. We will see her heading in the woods during her usual afternoon nap time and reappearing…...

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An Excellent Step for Mara

In the mornings, for treatment, we usually do Maia first. The elephants all know that treatment time means treats, so if Mara and Rana have their treatment before Maia, she tends to pop up by them looking for her share. Once we finish with Maia, we generally leave her with…...

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An Amusing Perspective

While the pond in Yard 4 has a gentle incline and is shallow along the edges, the pond in Yard 5 has one side where it gets deep very quickly. Kat and Scott were recently heading to the barn, and, along the way, they drove past the pond in Yard…...

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Rana is Getting Fuzzy

Rana is getting hairy! She is 62, which means she has already outlived most captive elephants in the Americas. And now her body is doing some new senior things. Rana has always been oddly smooth and wrinkle-free, with very little hair, but she is getting noticeably fuzzy. Unlike humans, who…...

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Taking Turns In the Pond

When Maia, Rana, and Mara are sharing space, there are many days when it feels like they spend the entire day taking turns in the pond. Our team will check the cameras and see Maia in the pond. A little bit later, we will look and see Rana & Mara.…...

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Word of the Day: Heterothermy

Toward the end of last week, we had a cold snap. It doesn’t get cold here frequently – and just to be clear, when we say cold, we mean 60*F (16*C). As usual, when it is chilly here, the humans mind it significantly more than the elephants. It’s been hot…...

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