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Quiet Mellow Days

Mara

We have been enjoying observing everyone’s quiet, mellow days lately, which are typical for this time of year.

Lady is spending lots of time in “her” bushes this week, although she went to the back of Yard 4 this afternoon. From the cameras, we know that Maia, Rana, and Mara are all spending time together grazing. We see them moving in and out of the camera view, changing the number of elephants visible. Body language is sometimes our first hint that a third is just off-screen. At times, someone will walk off with intention and come back a little wet, letting us know they bathed in the trough, played in the wallow, or took a brief splash depending upon the direction. They simply seem comfortable and relaxed, spending their days leisurely grazing and napping.

There have always been signs that the girls are very active at night this time of year. They can be heard vocalizing at all hours of the night, and, in the morning, their dung is throughout the habitat. The elephants also begin sleeping more in the day, when the sun is most intense. It’s nice that the night vision on the cameras is helping to confirm our suspicions. As soon as the sun goes down, the wandering begins.

Photo of Mara at sunset.

August 15, 2020

Comments(8)

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    Sherry says

    That photo of Lady in sunset is beautiful! Isn’t it good to have some quiet mellow days? Good for you and the girls!🐘🦚❤️

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    Barb says

    Wandering when the sun goes down 🙂❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    A beautiful, serene photo of Mara. I’m wondering of Lady joins Mara, Rana and Maia during the night. I’m not sure if elephants have night vision, it must be true as they travel and forage during the night. Thank you as always for the update

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    Wim says

    Beautiful picture from a Lady who’s queen of her kingdom. Nice to know everything’s quiet and mellow. Makes many animals around the world jealous. 🙏

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    Laural J. says

    Beautiful picture of Mara! So looking forward to the future when there are more attendees at the nighttime festivities.

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    Paula says

    Todo se siente genial!
    Las damas están disfrutando del paraíso!❤
    Particularmente, me alegro mucho por Mara. Ahora, ella está viviendo en un lugar con temperaturas apropiadas para un elefante! Aquí en Argentina estamos en invierno y en Buenos Aires hace mucho, mucho frío y ustedes no quieren conocer el frío de Mendoza!
    Pobres los elefantes que aún están aquí, tal vez este sea el último invierno en Argentina!😉🙏
    🐘🐘(Buenos Aires)
    🐘🐘🐘🐘(Mendoza)

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    Rosie P says

    I love this photo of our majestic Mara bathed in the last rays of the orange sunset. It’s so peaceful and calm…….before the night time parties start, I guess!!!

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    Jillyp says

    What a gorgeous photo of dear Mara, who I’m sure never, ever imagined, in her whole life that she would end up in such a wonderful paradise as this ❤️❤️❤️🐘 🌸🐘🐘🐘

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