Although there were some ‘happy flappy’ photos in this bunch, this one is lovely because you can see her eye. When the videos are taken up close, you can usually see the elephants’ eyes, but it’s rare to see Maia’s eyes in photos. So here she is in all of her fuzzy glory.
For a little more perspective, here is a video that was put together for a presentation for the Brazilian organization, Santuário de Elefantes Brasil. It gives an unobtrusive view of the girls in a way that shows more of the property as well. There are different combos of two and then the three girls together. It’s fairly easy to identify them from above- Maia is the most round, Rana is the tallest, Guida has the most pronounced spine.
Many thanks to @gregkickow for putting this together. As many of you know, for an organization this size, volunteers allow us to function and grow. They are a necessity and Greg is not only creative, but his heart is attached to the project and it shows.
May 28, 2019
Maia on the left and Guida on the right, coming for a drink and some hay in the habitat.
Although there is fresh running water and ponds in the habitat, we also have water troughs in several places. On the way to check this one, Maia was already there getting a drink. Guida must have been somewhere close and heard the flake of hay hit the ground because she showed up about one minute later. 🤣
Friends help friends eat hay.
May 24, 2019
Can you tell it’s getting darker out earlier? But it makes for gorgeous lighting during dinner photos.
When we post photos of Maia and Guida, people sometimes ask, ‘Where’s Rana?’ and this is a question we have recently stopped answering. We try and answer all questions, but this one feels like it puts an unrealistic pressure on the three to always be together and a suggestion as if there’s something wrong if Rana chooses to be alone. We understand the desire for them to be close friends, but their relationship will develop as all three need it to. We try to balance out the posts, so there is something for each elephant, and we’ll continue to do that.
Although the photo from last night is only Guida, the three girls were all about 50 yards from each other. The picture ended up being of Guida because she was fed last. With that being said, the girls all started out in different places and converged at the pond. Maia came from the North, up by the hidden pasture, Guida was in the woods down from the pond, and Rana was coming up Middle road. While they do enjoy spending time together, they all function at their own pace, and at times, they choose to make themselves the priority. ❤️
May 23, 2019
As the evenings get colder (the high 60s) the girls have begun to shift where they spend time in the habitat. Last night, Maia and Guida went up to the back of the fifth yard while Rana went into the hidden pasture, somewhere she has only gone with the two of them. Both areas are a bit warmer than the South side of the property.
Also, you may see some white or silver spots, smudges and stripes on the girls in photos of late. We give them mineral salts, and most of the time they ignore them. This week everyone has decided they’re fantastic, both to eat and to spray and rub on themselves. The salts are regarded as an ‘if they need it, they’ll eat it’ kind of thing and apparently, something in the change of seasons has triggered the need.
photo: Rana Bug
May 22, 2019
Cute Miss Maia (foreground) and Guida, out in the habitat for breakfast this morning. They once again disobeyed the no swimming after eating rule, and went for a dip right after they finished their food.
It’s a bit toasty out today, and the sun is intense, so it will be a sleepy, lazy, napping and floating kind of day.
May 21, 2019