Mara is still doing very well in her new home at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.
When the team checked on her at around 10 pm, she was lying down in the same dirt pile in Stall 1 that she laid on when she first arrived. She was in the barn when we arrived this morning as well, but as soon as she finished her breakfast, she walked back into the habitat and hasn’t returned. Choosing to return to the barn at night is typical for zoo elephants when they first arrive as they are used to sleeping in the same place every night. At some point, the elephants seem to realize that spending the night in the habitat is better than sleeping in the stalls of the barn.
She continues to be so very vocal and is full of noises this morning. She loves her squeaks and also makes a cute little grunting noise while she eats.
She is not a quiet girl, which means all of the other elephants certainly know she has arrived. This morning, Rana was as far away from Mara as she could be, but she is now on this side of the creek, and much closer to where Mara is. Lady is in a hidden pasture in 4, and Maia is still far away. Maia is across the creek, around where Rana was this morning.
Everyone here has the freedom of choice – not just Mara, but also Maia, Rana, and Lady. They all get to decide when they meet each other, so we do not know when it will happen. They all share fences with Mara currently, so they can meet when they choose to come back to the barn.
Mara has spent much of her time this morning picking at the grass – she is grazing very slowly, taking a lot of time to pick up tiny sections and enjoying each bite.