As many of you know, in order to be able to rescue Maia and Guida and not have them sent to another facility, we had to take them before the first full 40-acre area was fenced in. This is the same process we will probably be using to rescue the next elephants as well. It allows us to get them here, let them learn all that sanctuary is about while continuing to grow. Yesterday the girls were given access to the next area that was finished being fenced in. They will still have access to the first area as well.
Maia and Guida have spent their time exploring and enjoying the new space. Guida is searching out the thin vines and focussing on young grass while Maia is hunting for a weed that has a slight lemony smell that is released as she hits the roots to shake the dirt off. They each go their separate ways, only giving away their location by the rustle in the grass and trees, but come together from time to time to seemingly stop and say hello for a bit. It is a simple pleasure we relish here at sanctuary, watching the elephants embrace the nature that surrounds them.
Last night was the first time we have done night feed and happily had to search for the girls- Miss Maia was hiding. This morning Scott was greeted with soft trumpets, a more content trumpet than excited and celebratory. Their way of letting us know they are very appreciative of what they have been given.
Although the space they had in their first yard was so much more than Maia and Guida had ever known, we know from elephants in our past that more space equals more growth and healing in elephants. We are happy to be able to open up a new space, but we are far from done with expanding for them and will continue to build so they can experience all sanctuary has to offer.