Maia crossed the creek and spent some time in the burned portion of Yard 5. It’s the first time any of the elephants have physically entered a burned area after the wildfire. She arrived sometime overnight, as she was there in the morning. Shirlei, who fed breakfast, said Maia was energetic. When Scott stopped by in the afternoon, she was more subdued.
She spent most of the day exploring the changed landscape and likely spent a lot of time smelling everything.
There isn’t much regrowth yet. All the vines and shrubbery burned, and the grass is still sparse. This means there isn’t much to eat out there right now. Like most elephants, Maia prefers to eat the majority of the day. We were on our way to deliver dinner to her across the creek when we realized she was on her way back. Of course, we can’t deliver the unlimited grazing she is accustomed to, which is likely why she was heading to the more lush, unburned sections of habitat.
Photo of Maia from a different day.
October 27, 2020