Over the past few months, and prior to the arrival of Pocha and Guillermina, Maia has become closer to the group of three: Bambi, Mara, and Rana. This created a nice, welcoming space for Pocha and Guille to enter, because it let new friendships start to develop without internal relationship tensions or growing pains that might interfere. In the beginning, Guille and Pocha were more curious about the other elephants than they were interested in forming friendships. Right now, that might be changing, but there are no expectations from the other elephants as to what those relationships might become. The two new ladies are still slightly hesitant and only beginning to engage more with the others.
When all six ladies share space together, the combinations of elephants who group together change throughout the day. Sometimes Maia will spend time with Pocha and Guillermina, but later Rana will join in, and so on. Bambi seems to be the most forward and vocal about the idea of creating friendships, but she doesn’t spend as much quiet time with the two new girls as Maia does.
However, quiet time might not always be what the girls are interested in these days. When Bambi rumbles, Guille has begun to vocalize back in return. Sometimes, when Pocha and Guillermina start to make their noises, Bambi gets really excited and rumbles back. Though we can’t say what is to come, there is a definite curiosity among the group and interactions have mostly been subtle. It’s wonderful to see that all six appear to be comfortable spending time in close proximity to one another.
In this video, all six girls are in Yard 4, with Guillermina in the mud wallow and Pocha dusting. Mara is on the far right, Maia and Bambi are grazing – with Bambi far out – and Rana is on the far left.