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.