This morning we all got to play with Rambo, Rachel, and Jabulani.
Otherwise known as daddy elephant, mummy elephant and baby.
We all heard the tragic story of how Rambo lost his ‘finger’ on his trunk. And now rather than eating like an African Elephant he eats like an Asian elephant by scooping the food into a hollow on the underside of his trunk.
Rachel still eats like an African elephant should because she still has both of her trunk ‘fingers’.
Everyone got to feed Rachel and then interact more closely with Rambo.
We were shown his second nose (Jacobsons organ).
We felt the satin soft skin behind his ears, stroked his tusks and trunk, and a few brave people even got to feel his tongue.
We are not allowed to directly interact with Jabulani the baby as the keepers would like to see him released into the wild when he is old enough. But he didn’t understand this and tried to interact with us instead!!
Ever got to cuddle a Cheetah? No? Our students have.
From learning about the smaller of the African cats (just like larger versions of the tabby cats at home) to watching the Caracals ‘hunt’ their food by jumping in the air, it has been an eventful day.