What a Hay Delivery Looks Like

After our recent post about elephant food preparation, several of you expressed interest in learning more about the behind-the-scenes goings on at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. In this video, a truckload of hay has just arrived and the ESB team gets to work unloading the truck and putting the hay into a storage container, where it will be safe from any moisture. And, yes, the workers are covered in hay after this process and somewhat exhausted! Each bale weighs about 75 lbs.

This load of hay represents our standard delivery and will last different lengths of time depending on the season and if all of the girls are healthy. On average, this volume of hay will last 4-6 weeks during the dry season, when there’s less green grass or browse to be found. The rainy season brings more natural food resources, so the hay might last as long as 2 ½ months. 

P.S.: If you’d like to purchase a day’s worth of hay for your favorite elephant, click here and select “Elephant Entrees: Hay for a Day.”


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    John says

    I’m sure each of us who watched this were wondering…. “Is this a daily supply? Weekly?” Very interesting. Thanks for the behind the scenes looks you’ve been giving us. It really helps me understand the scope of what is involved.

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    Rand Cooley says

    I had 2 horses and had to buy a ton of alfalfa a month I didn’t care about $$ they were like my children and I’m sure it’s the same GSE. They love the girls

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    Tammy says

    Wow, I’m really impressed those guys are working their butts off throwing those hay bales around like that is no easy task! We thank you our girls thanks you too! 🐘 😊🐘

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    Pamela Hall says

    The link isn’t working for me to buy lady some hay????

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      Sara says

      It should be fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.

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    Carey says

    Phew, hard work, and thirsty work. But great exercise!

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    Jeanine Sahulka says

    Very impressive for sure. I’m wondering if you are in the process of rescuing any other elephants? There are so many.😢

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    Julie says

    Gosh, Scott and Kat work so hard for these Ellies! I get tears in my eyes!

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