When Scott and Kat were first looking at the property that has become Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, they were immediately drawn to the large copaiba tree in Yard 3. It seemed like it belonged in Africa, towering over the other trees, defining the canopy even from a distance. But once they started settling in, they saw a bright yellow tree beginning to bloom. One day, all of a sudden, there it was: a round golden tree that looked very much like a lollipop. So, logically, it became known as the Lollipop Tree.
The tree actually starts to bloom before the rainy season begins and only has flowers for about a week; it’s fully flowered for perhaps 3 days total. You can see it from the house when looking down into the habitat, but you really only get those very few days to enjoy its colors.
Scott was lucky enough to get a video of the tree in full bloom this year. Here you can see Bambi and Mara enjoying a snack just a few feet from it, adding to the tranquility of the scene at dusk.
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