Our New Well – Muddy Girls are Happy Girls

The ladies here love our ponds. Swimming and splashing and pond blobbing are among their favorite things to do. Even Bambi, who doesn’t necessarily go all the way into the water, enjoys standing on the banks and playing in the squishy mud. 

Dry season is not kind to our man-made ponds and mud wallows which, in the past, we’ve kept filled with recycled water and water from on-site springs.The dry season also brings with it the worry of fire and the potential for an increased need for water. As a way to ease those concerns and to make sure the girls’ needs are met, we now have a brand new well that produces a lot of water. 

With plans for a new barn in the future, this will play a large role in making sure that we don’t put unnecessary strain on the natural resources on the land. The people are happy and, most importantly, the elephants will have more than enough water to play all year long. 

Video of Mara and Bambi squishing around in a mud wallow


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    Carol says


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    Julie says

    So many moving parts that go into providing this sanctuary for our girls. I’m so happy for the blessing of all of you capable people that keep those parts moving. Love happy Bambi and Mara!

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    Sue says

    Lovely, squishy, beautiful Girls!!!!!

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    John says

    Pond blobbing. GSE is teaching me new verbs! LOL.

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      Sara says

      Oh yes – Maia loves to “pond blob.” Here’s a video of her doing it from earlier in the year.

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    Beji says

    I can almost feel the mud squishing between my tootsies! A spa would charge a fortune for this treatment!

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    Audrey says

    I love seeing the girls so happy, enjoying their therapeutic mud bath. ❤️ 🐘

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    Anita J says

    Mud IS the best thing for the elephants! They all seem to love it so much. This is great news! Mud all year round. Great initiative!…:-)

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    Wim says

    Wonderful to have this exciting mud spa.
    Another 🌟 added to this 🐘 luxury pavilion. Michelin is getting jealous. 👏❤️🙏

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    It is wonderful seeing Mara and Bambi enjoying the mud. Even more wonderful that they each have a friend in each other. Thank you GSE

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