Happy Valentine’s Day from Mendoza!!
We don’t usually do things like this in Brazil because, while it’s fun for humans, it just isn’t necessary for the elephants. We encourage our sanctuary residents to be independent of humans and to live their lives as free and wild as possible. In their sterile zoo enclosures, these elephants need all the environmental enrichment they can get to break up the monotony of their days. Unlike the elephants already at the sanctuary, they can’t just go to a new area to graze, or nap in a pond, or visit a friend, or wallow in a mud wallow.
That said, all the elephants at the Ecoparque Mendoza had just as much fun as the humans did at their little Valentine’s Day Party!