Maia, our original explorer, wandered across the creek in Yard 4 a few days ago. During our wildfire a few weeks ago, across the creek is the only section of habitat that burned. While Maia previously was the first elephant to enter the burned area in Yard 5, she is now the first elephant to do so in Yard 4.
The grass mostly dries out and goes dormant during the dry season. Once the rainy season begins, the new grass grows among the tall, dry grass before eventually taking over, returning our pastures to full lushness.
As the dry grass burned across the creek, the area has no tall, dry grass. It is all beautiful, bright green 6-10 inch ( 15-25 cm) clumps of fresh, new spring grass. Now that it’s tall enough to be easily eaten, Maia seemed delighted to spend a chunk of the day grazing out there.
We also recently found Bambi in Yard 5, along the creek, doing the same thing – enjoying all-new fresh grass.
Fresh grass makes happy elephants.
Photo of Maia.
November 4, 2020