Maia has been all over the habitat recently. We will see her close to Rana & Mara, and, then, a little bit later, she will pop up somewhere else entirely. Then, later that day, Maia will be back with Rana & Mara. She often seems to want to spend only a few minutes with them and then be on her way. A few hours later, we will see her along a fence with Lady, with the two just quietly watching each other. Sometimes she’ll go swimming twice in the same morning, with a visit to the other elephants in between.
She isn’t lazily settling into any location for the day, and she isn’t hanging out with anyone for any significant length of time (that we see). There are moments of socialization, eating, or relaxing, and then she is on the move again.
It’s impossible to definitively know the reason behind it. Maia may be trying to figure out her new role with Mara here. New herd members shift the dynamic and Maia seems to be searching a bit. The beginning of the dry season also causes a temporary change in her each year. This is the first warm week with no rain, and that may be all it is. Regardless of the reason, she doesn’t seem stressed and is certainly getting plenty of exercise.
Photo of Maia on the move – this time, she is exiting the Pond in Yard 4.