Just after lunch, we had some beautiful and welcome rain at the sanctuary. It was a quick but heavy shower, providing plenty of water.
The rainfall caused a lovely temperature drop, and the elephants became more active. They spent the afternoon grazing in some of the areas around the pond. By dinner, it became obvious that they’d been enjoying the newly refreshed water sources: the ladies were absolutely covered in mud. In some spots in the habitat, there is red dirt next to the mud wallows; when tossed on after a bath, it sticks and gives the elephants’ skin a lovely crimson tone and an additional layer of sun and bug protection.
In this photo, Guillermina is modeling her fresh coating of dirt, mud, and water.