Because we’ve gotten requests for some nighttime videos of the girls, we put together a few clips that show a little bit of what they do when the sun goes down. They are usually more active throughout the evening, so this is just a glimpse of what Bambi, Mara, Maia, and Rana did on one particular night, in one particular spot, before they moved on to new things.
Initially, you can see Rana eating some of the extra snacks that were set out in the habitat, with Maia watching from a short distance away. (Maia appears darker than the others in the video because she was in the sun more at the end of the day.) Bambi walks over to join Rana, so Maia initially turns to leave, but then changes her mind and decides to stay and face them. Bambi shared the hay that Rana was eating and then followed Rana to the bushes to graze. You can see that at one point, Bambi sticks her nose in Rana’s mouth to check for any goodies that might be left in there.
When we pan left, Mara is standing there grazing in a separate spot. The other two were more interested in snacking on trees and bushes, but Mara often prefers grass. Eventually Maia wanders off and Mara joins the other two in the bushes.
We find it interesting to watch the elephants through the camera after dark to see how they act without human interference – because they do act differently when people are around. This video shows a different dynamic than expected, because Bambi is sticking very near Rana that night. She doesn’t seem to show the same attachment to Mara as she does in the daytime. Maia also seems to be growing comfortable with the others at night, just as she is in the daytime.
P.S.: Because this video was taken through the surveillance camera, there is no sound.
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Mary saysNovember 9, 2021 at 3:27 pm
That is so beautiful. It looks like an animated black, white and gray watercolor. They seem so restful and secure in their surroundings.
Barb saysNovember 9, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Well I must tell you that was very exciting! I see eating goes on well beyond daylight. Thank you sincerely!
Beji saysNovember 9, 2021 at 4:03 pm
That sweet Bambi is a hoot!
Katie Howard saysNovember 9, 2021 at 4:59 pm
Fascinating video! Thank you so much. It’s a really different perspective, somehow, than when the girls are “on camera”. Very mellow and natural! 💜
Cintia Abney saysNovember 9, 2021 at 5:22 pm
Ha! What we do in the shadows 🙂
Really happy to see that all 4 are sharing space
Andy saysNovember 9, 2021 at 8:14 pm
Do Eles see well in the dark? Where was Lady?
Sara saysNovember 9, 2021 at 8:17 pm
Lady tends to do her own thing and doesn’t share yards with the others, during the day or at night. She was likely off in the farther yards that she enjoys. And, yes, elephants do see well in the dark. We have a blog about just that. https://globalelephants.org/elefact-friday-through-the-eyes-of-an-elephant/
Wim saysNovember 10, 2021 at 2:07 am
Lovely sneak peak in their night life. Adorable together. 😍🐘🤗
John saysNovember 10, 2021 at 9:34 am
Bambi sticking her nose in Rana’s mouth to check for food: So that’s what friends are for!?!
JoAnn Merriman-Eaton saysNovember 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm
So interesting to see the difference in behavior between the girls at night. So peaceful to watch them moving slowly about in total freedom, like a black and white slow motion movie. Thank you GSE! Loved this nighttime video.
Terry Feleppa saysNovember 10, 2021 at 11:10 pm
What a surreal view!
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