It’s been cool and rainy here, which means all the elephants have been more active during the day and wandering a lot more in general. This trend is especially evident with Mara, who has been exploring so much these past few weeks.
When Mara decides it’s time to wander, she goes without hesitating, frequently leaving Rana (and any other elephants) behind. A few times, Scott has found Maia, Lady, Rana, and Bambi all near the barn in the morning, while Mara is off by herself at the pond in Yard 4.
Mara has continued not to wait for or check in with her friends before wandering off. When she decides that it’s time to head out, she goes pretty quickly. Mara isn’t Bambi fast, but she approaches moderate Bambi speeds sometimes. Maia continues to pop up all over the place, and we’re never sure where she will be. We see Mara and Maia together often, while Rana grazes in another part of the habitat or spends time with Bambi.
In general, with all the rain, everyone has been busy grazing all the luscious greenery. Nobody has been seen dipping into the pond recently, but they are keeping their bodies plenty muddy in an attempt to keep bugs away.
Photo of Mara on the move!