SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - People around the world are observing Monday as World Elephant Day.
So, our newsroom staff thought we'd check on the status of our favorite local pachyderm, Little Mac, at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Julia McHugh, Director of Public Relations at the Santa Barbara Zoo, said the Elephant Team just completed the baseline portions of the Behavioral Study on Little Mac that began back in Spring.
"If Little Mac showed signs of not coping well to a particular challenge, it was discontinued and noted as part of the study data," said Liz Beem, Elephant Manager.
McHugh said the team "changed up a lot of stuff" for the zoo's lone elephant, including her routine, her surroundings and her training to see how she reacted.
They also created dozens of new enrichment activities.
This all comes less than a year after Little Mac lost her longtime companion, Suzy.
McHugh said the team is now looking at all of the data and deciding what will be best for Little Mac.
Ultimately, those results will help determine whether Little Mac, alone for the first time in 50 years, will live out her life alone at the Santa Barbara Zoo or be moved to a different elephant facility.