Once we decided to open up the male Asian habitat for Lady, it made sense to allow the other girls to have access to Yard 5, which they rarely get the opportunity to explore. Maia is among the most familiar elephants of this area – with the exception of Lady and Rana (who is a close second) – having spent lots of time there with Guida, so she had the greatest initial interest in crossing into the space to graze. Mara, Bambi, and Rana seemed happy to stay in Yard 4, but Guillermina appeared intrigued by potentially having a new space to wander.
After their arrival, Pocha and Guille both went into Yard 5 on a couple of occasions, but Pocha wasn’t always fully relaxed there and tended to return to Yard 4. Certainly Yard 5 has more topographical changes – with slopes and valleys – that elephants like Pocha and Guille, who were new to a natural environment, weren’t necessarily interested in right away. Now, Guille has become a gregarious explorer and decided to spend the afternoon with Maia, taking advantage of a new space. She seemed very content visiting the small pond there, relatively unconcerned about the newness of it all. She took in the area with calmness and was generally at ease.
Around dinner, Guille met up with the Powerpuff Girls, but crossed back over to stay with Maia after eating. She’s been getting her steps in, taking in the expanse of both yards all in one day. We’ve kept the gate between the two yards open so that all of the girls can continue to wander if they want to, but at the moment Maia and Guillermina are the only two elephants that seem interested. Guille in particular appears to appreciate the new open space and the chance to mingle as she chooses.
Photo of Guille