Elephants can utilize sand piles for a variety of reasons. Sand provides elephants a comfortable place to lay down. The slope of the hill can also aid older elephants in being able to stand easier after they lay down. While elephants can sleep standing up (much like horses do), some elephants prefer to lay down to sleep.
Sand Piles can also be very enriching for elephants. They use sand to dust themselves and Caregivers can hide edible treats in the sand, encouraging elephants to use their amazing sense of smell to find the hidden items.
We want to place these Sand Piles in various areas of the barn yards and habitats for the elephants to enjoy. Help us with this project by making a donation above! Any dollar amount is greatly appreciated.
$500.00 donated November 2018. $1,200.00 donated December 2018. $100.00 donated December 2018.
Special thanks to the following supporters who contributed to the Sand Piles in November 2018: Anita Donofrio, Jody Gurin, Susan Bell.
If this item is no longer available or needed, The Elephant Sanctuary will direct your generous contribution toward another item needed for the care of the elephants.