We are nearing the end of the dry season here in Mato Grosso. Though we’ve had a couple of welcome rains and some cloud cover, we are right at the hottest time of the year. Temperatures can get high and there is low humidity.
Everyone seems ready for the rain to return. While it’s cool enough at night so that the elephants don’t get overheated, they are less active during the day because the sun is strong and there isn’t as much coverage from the trees; there is shade, but not the vast cover that exists during the rainy season. If they need to cool off, there are water troughs, mud wallows, and ponds available to everyone. And if they go down into the creek beds, which are heavily treed and full of ferns, the temperature drops about 15 degrees. But, as you have seen, elephants love rain and are likely looking forward to making plenty of mud.
Guillermina, sporting a hay hat for sun protection