Our day started bright and early at the Serengeti Outpost. There, we met up with our escort, James. James shuttled us to the Pachyderm Palace (AKA: Elephant House) via golf cart, and that's where we met our tour guide, Katie. Katie's been working with elephants for over 15 years and enjoys studying their behavioral patterns. Before entering the main compound, we were reminded that no pictures were aloud to be taken until the end of the tour, and that we were always to remain behind the yellow safety lines unless we were with a trainer. Upon entering the main building, we dropped into the kitchen where a few keepers were preparing the elephants' breakfast. Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Bananas, and Melons are just a few of the fruits and veggies the elephants receive each day. Our next stop was the elephants' "bedrooms". Katie explained that each elephant has its own room inside the main facility that can be accessed at any time of the day. The Pachyderm team is all about the comfort and enjoyment of the elephants meaning that they let the herd roam freely at all times, even after hours when the park is closed! As we moved down the row of bedrooms, we met Rosie and had the opportunity to feed her breakfast! As there were only two of us on the tour, the experience was truly unique as the trainers didn't rush us throughout the up close encounters. Katie mentioned that Rosie enjoys eye contact and that it's her signature behavior. Being inches away from a presence that extraordinary was truly awesome!
Katie Educating Guests On Elephant Interaction!
After breakfast was served, Katie returned us to the main compound so we could say goodbye to the rest of the team. We thanked the team and had a brief chat where we brought up the topic of Spike the male elephant. The team told us Spike is doing great in his own facility on the other side of the park. The team is still uncertain when they'll introduce Spike to the rest of the herd, but they told us they'll keep us informed!
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