Why, Hello there!
Before we left for Malaysia we decided to go to the elephant sanctuary. We made reservations with Raz for him to be our guide for the trip. He is a volunteer with the sanctuary and was highly recommended so we met him in the city (KL) which he drove us to the sanctuary. It takes about an hour or so but it is through the jungle so it was very interesting drive. When we got there we had some tea and chatted with the other employee's. My huband and I were then escorted to help get the food prepared for the elee's. We loaded tonz (it seemed like) of fruit into the buckets for each elee. After we got the food ready we were escorted by Raz to were the elee's were. The sanctuary still isnt opened to the public yet, since we were with Raz we got a full day of education.
Getting the food prepared. Each elephant had a big plastic carton full of fruit.
We took photos and watched them do silly things, listened to them and watched Raz throw sticks to them to play with. Then we went to have lunch. After lunch the public started coming in and they were coming in droves. It was only buses but they were just pouring in. We went to watch a movie on them rescuing some of the elee's and how and what all they do to rescue them. Todd and I went back to the area were the elee's were with Raz. Raz asked Todd if he wanted to ride an elephant to the river for his bath and he said no, Kelly will. Yes, I am the adventurer in this family. I thought they were only joking since they were FILTHY. Nope, when they started bringing out the elee's I was told to go stand on the platform.
Me getting the first ride to the river.
Then they brought over the biggest elee they had. I hopped right on and he was dirty but I didnt care. They also have hair that I was unaware of. But still very cool anyway. The other visitors was still standing around watching the elees come to the river. So I was the first and only person who got to ride into the river with the elee. Then we fed them and rode them in a little circle. Next was the bath time with the elee's but we saw it wasnt really bathing it was more like tossing. They also brought out the babies. It was over for all the other visitors so they piled back into there buses and left. The sanctuary doesnt charge a fee it is free. But of course donations are highly recommended. Please check out there site