March 14, 2015
Signs of Hope; Signs of Spring…
All the Q Girls are getting used to a new routine –one that sadly won’t include Frieda– and so will need time to heal. After losing her dear friend, Liz has been choosing to take some space, spending time on her own. “She’s been spotted standing very still and doing her ‘call’ rumble when out in the habitat,” said Q’s Lead Caregiver, Justina. “She’ll then turn 90 degrees and rumble once more. Care staff would usually hear this vocalization whenever Liz was calling for Frieda; upon hearing this call, Frieda, Liz, and Billie would then have one of their ‘grand reunions.’”
Over at Asia Habitat, with recent warmer temperatures and sunshine, the Girls have been napping in the habitat-yards adjacent to their barn. You may have spotted Shirley, Sissy, and Misty enjoying naptime in the daylight hours via our EleCam system (now live-streaming in High Definition!)…while Tarra and Winkie have mostly preferred to go exploring further away from the barn.
Finally, this week’s signs of spring had Flora and Tange inspired to spend their days (and a few nights, even!) out in the Habitat, returning only for their “dinner”—a nice change from the colder, snowy conditions Tennessee’s experienced recently.
The warmer weather also came with some heavy rains, which meant a lot of mud for elephants to dig into! Lately, the African Girls have been wandering into the valleys of the Africa Habitat, as something [Caregivers aren’t quite sure what!] seems to be piquing their interest down there…