For several days, Lady seemed quite content to spend time in the three smaller yards. They haven’t been used much in a while, so there is lots to graze on. Bermuda grass has begun to spring up there and around the property, introduced by the hay we use for the elephants, and often planted by cattle farmers in the region. It seeds naturally after they eat, or when they leave little bits along the trails and pathways. After a few days, Lady seemed to get a little restless, so we opened up Yard 5 for her to explore.
We took advantage of the time that Lady stayed in Yards 1-3, to open up Yards 4 and 5 to each other. When we do this, the girls usually come into 5 for a few hours, and then go right back into Yard 4. But this time, Maia decided to make herself at home in Yard 5. The very back of Yard 5 used to be one of her favorite spots, so after a little bit, Maia crossed the creek into the other side of the yard and stayed there for five days. She would happily graze, then nap, graze, then nap. Every time someone drove past, Maia was still in the same general area, seemingly at ease.
When Lady seemed like she was getting ready to wander, we opened up between Yards 4 and 5 again. Maia had already come closer to the barn that morning and shifted back into Yard 4 on her own. Lady can now venture into Yard 5 and Maia can continue increasing her comfort around Bambi, Rana, and Mara.
Lady is shown above, enjoying a stroll through the habitat. We’ve also included a simple sanctuary map that might help you visualize everyone’s movements.