2 January 2013
Elephants resolve to maintain healthy lifestyle.
Three Asian elephants at Australia Zoo have resolved to maintain their stunning voluptuous figures in 2013 through healthy eating and plenty of physical activity.
While it's often a struggle for many to keep committed to New Years resolutions, keepers will ensure Siam, Sabu and little Bimbo receive only the most delectable fresh produce and are kept active with ample time for playing and swimming.
Part of the girls' daily routine is a one kilometre walk from their night paddocks to the four acre Elephantasia display. "During the warmer months our elephants don't eat quite as much as they do in winter, as they don't need to use as much energy to heat up their bodies," said head of elephants Luke Reavley." Throughout summer their food preferences also change, and juicy banana trees and other plant species are a lot more appetizing because of their high water content, compared to winter when bulkier foods like hay become the favourite treats."
Visitors to Australia Zoo have the chance to get up close and personal to our gorgeous girls, with twice-daily opportunities to hand-feed these amazing creatures and with each elephant consuming up to 300kg of fresh chopped fruit and vegetables per day there's plenty of opportunities for everyone!