The elephants seem to be realizing that the seasons are shifting, because they are moving around more often in search of the best green patches to graze. They are gathering more often across the creek in Yard 4. We can see them from the house and through the cameras, and one recent morning we thought we saw someone, but couldn’t tell who it was based on what little we could make out. We have gotten pretty good at identifying all of the elephants, even from a distance – but sometimes, when all you have is part of a shoulder or a glimpse of an ear, it’s hard to tell. Rana was our guess and, after she shifted a bit, we discovered we were right!
Rana doesn’t mind walking away from her friends when food is involved, and the spot she found in Yard 4 is the most untouched pasture we have. We radioed down to our team to make sure they knew where to find her when it was time for breakfast.
We didn’t see her leave, but when we looked a little later, Maia had moved over into Yard 4, taking her turn at enjoying that spot. So, at some point, Rana and Maia changed positions and Maia moved in for optimal grazing. They seemed particularly focused on getting to the freshest food before anyone else that day.
Photo: Miss Maia on the left, Rana on the right