The Case of the Missing Elephants

Each morning, our caregivers drive through the habitat and look at the observation cameras to find out where each elephant is. This helps us to know that all is well, and also to plan where best to set out breakfast and do checkups on the ladies that need a little more attention. 

However, when you can’t find an elephant right away, that doesn’t necessarily mean that anything bad has happened; it’s a joy most captive elephants will never know: to get lost in an area of vast space. If something were wrong, the other girls would likely be unsettled. On a recent morning, we were looking for all of the girls and couldn’t initially put eyes on Maia. The group of five were staying in both of the larger yards, so there were many places she could be. 

Lady was also out of sight. We looked in all of her normal haunts and weren’t able to immediately locate her. Both Lady and Maia are elephants who love to explore, so it’s fulfilling to know that they’re taking advantage of the parts of the habitat they love the most. 

Eventually, Maia was seen crossing from the back of Yard 5 to the front, having probably spent the evening in the farther reaches of the yard and now wondering why she had to wait so long for breakfast. Lady was found grazing in the smaller yards, breaking from her usual morning routine to enjoy some fresh, green grass. Eventually, both girls decided they preferred food to wandering, and Lady got some foot treatments at the barn. It was wonderful to start the day knowing both elephants were making the most of their space.

Photo of a muddy Maia


  1. REPLY
    Barb says

    Muddy Maia should be a song title 😉

    • REPLY
      Sara says

      It can be if you write it!

  2. REPLY
    Julie says

    Hmmmm. I wonder how many songwriters we have in the elephant community? Beautiful pic of Maia, and I too am happy to hear about our happy wanderers.

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    Terry says

    Yes, thr Wanderers!
    Do you still have the drone to help locate the girls?

    • REPLY
      Sara says

      Yes, we still have the drone should we need it.

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