Maia has settled into the area across the creek in Yard 5. As you can see in our recent photos, we are at the point in the rainy season where all the grass here is stunning, tall, and lush. Despite most captive elephants not having access to grazing for decades, they seem to instantly develop preferences and strong opinions on grazing. Lady and Maia seem to strongly agree that the area across the creek in Yard 5 has the absolute best grass. Unlike Lady, Maia will occasionally leave the area to make her rounds. Maia likes to periodically “check-in” at the barn to see if she’s missing anything exciting or to look for her next meal if she perceives it to be late. She will, of course, promptly return to graze some more.
After a few days in Yard 5, we opened up Yard 1 for Maia for a few hours so the team could clean Yard 5 safely. Lady was nearby, in Yards 2 and 3, but they seemed to not pay much attention to each other. Maia seems to enjoy her short visits to Yard 1; she played in the mud wallow and took a very muddy nap. Once the caregivers finished cleaning Yard 5 and we reopened the gate, Maia was happy to beeline back to her favorite grazing across the creek.
Photo of Maia, surrounded by her favorite grazing.