Most volunteers were excited to see something other than eggs on offer for breakfast, with many enjoying PB&J on toast.
Work started at 8am, the volunteers first had to collect around 200 trees and load them on to the truck before they could start planting them in 3 locations around the sanctuary. The aim of this task was to replace trees lost through poaching fires and general deforestation. One of the locations, which really struck many of the group, had been the site of an illegal poacher campfire which hadn’t been distinguished properly. Luckily, the rangers were able to save the elephants but the site was left destroyed. Now, thanks to our group the area can begin to regrow.
After dinner, the volunteers and Arun Rai made their way to the waterhole. The group joined her in the water with buckets…. Time to give an elephant a bath!!! The volunteers threw buckets of water over Arun Rai (and each other) while she happily chomped on water melon. Many volunteers were excited by this once in a lifetime opportunity.
When we returned to camp it was time to prepare the elephants dinner; watermelon and bananas. Then it was time to get up close to the elephants again and feed them, an experience nobody could get tired of.
With a few hours to spare many volunteers relaxed in their hammocks or on their porches before meeting for tea. Afterwards, the group sat down to watch 2 documentaries which highlighted the importance and significance of the work their doing here this week.
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