I have been knowing the elephants of Zoo Vienna for more than two years – first as a student recording their vocalizations, then as a visitor. I always had the feeling that they recognize me, greet me, communicate with me. As the elephants of Ouwehands Dierenpark of course did not show this behaviour, I thought that my impression is right. And today, I got my last evidence.
It was my first zoo visit after more than two weeks. I was alone in the ele-house. Ele-house cat Lili came directly to me.
When Tonga heard my voice, she immediately (!) came backwards to me and kept standing in front of me.
Then, her daughter Mongu also came and started begging for the first time!
When I said “but sweetie, I cannot feed you!”, she walked away.
(Photos: Conny Belik)