Guillermina and Pocha are the kind of elephants that occasionally announce their presence before you can see them – but not always through vocalizations. Sometimes you can tell exactly where they are by just listening for tree limbs breaking.
The two ladies wandered off before their night feed recently and we found that the best way to determine where they were was to stop and listen for a moment. Within seconds we could hear the creaking and crashing of trees and smaller limbs as the two made their way out of the creek (the first time they have gone down into the creek that we know of). It seems that neither Pocha nor Guillermina have gotten the hang of walking around trees yet. Instead, they just walk straight ahead – over trees, through trees, whatever is the hardest way to get from points A to B. They’ll get the hang of it eventually. In the meantime, some of our smaller trees are a little worse for wear, but the habitat is doing just fine.
Here, Guille charges through the habitat, with Pocha right behind.