It’s the middle of the dry season now. As the pastures and grasses begin to dry out, where the elephants graze shifts. It’s the time of year where the grass becomes a mix of green and brown. The girls are usually happy to eat the mixed-grass by the trunkful. Sometimes they choose to be selective and will pick out the grass they want a couple of pieces at a time, so they only are eating the green grass. Luckily, one of the benefits of this property is that green grass remains year-round. This is Lady’s first dry season in Brazil, so she is still learning how she likes to graze this time of year.
Lady has two areas of grass that she adores right now. One area is in Yard 2, near the barn. This area of grass is near the water trough, so it gets watered regularly as a byproduct of cleaning the trough. This regular water keeps it staying lush and green throughout the year, which also means everyone else likes it too. The elephants keep it short, so it’s only about 3” long (7 cm). Despite its short length, Lady will meticulously and patiently graze there.
The other area that Lady seems to love is in the back of Yard 3. In this area, the grass is about a foot tall (30 cm), but because of the dense shade, it seems to be all green. The other morning, after treatment, she bee-lined over to that area in such a way that we thought she was heading to Yard 4 to swim. It turned out she was on a different mission – the mission to keep eating! The grass in that area seems to make her very happy. Even when elephants stay in the same area throughout the day, they tend to move around still – but when Lady is in this area, she stays put. Unless she is on her way to or from the water trough, she is steadily grazing. It’s pretty endearing to see her when she’s “on a mission” in that way.
July 21, 2020