Over the past couple of months, we have seen a few severe storms come through the sanctuary. All of the elephants have been safe, even seeming to enjoy the heavy rains, but straight-line winds have done damage to some of the trees around the habitat.
Last week, yet another storm front hit us and, again, the winds were not so kind. The “Itchy Scratchy Tree” took a bit of a beating. She’d been blown around a bit a few months ago and lost a large branch, but otherwise seemed to bounce back. This time, the tree wasn’t quite as lucky. Though she is still standing, she’s now down to half of her original canopy. Though we know the Itchy Scratchy Tree is a favorite of the elephants (and all of you), there are plenty of trees throughout the habitat that the elephants use when they need a good scratch. Whatever happens to this tree, there are many more to love. But for now, she is still with us, although providing less shade than she did just a few days ago.
Here, you can see Lady snacking next to the tree and enjoying the afternoon.