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Washing elephants: a how-to guide

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In her last post, Amber mentioned the opportunity we had at the Elephant Nature Sanctuary to help bathe the elephants as the played in the river. You may be asking yourself: how exactly does someone wash an elephant?  Well, I can show you.  Or at least, I can show you how NOT to wash an elephant: Whoops!  Just missed her. So, do you want to see how it’s done?  See how a real professional bucket-wielder helps clean a pachyderm?  See how the water is just breaking over the back of…

Baby Elephants

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As I sit here in our apartment near the Italian Alps, I am still so excited about our experience at the Elephant Nature Park. At the end of my last post about it, I promised you baby elephants. And I will deliver. But first, for the curious, a brief summary of our stay. We chose the “Elephant Helper Overnight,” which was around $400 for the two of us. It was a large financial splurge, but the experience was totally worth it and the money was going to a good cause.…

Elephants of Thailiand

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In Thailand, there are elephants everywhere, from temples to pants to the King’s palace to incense holders. They are revered as a holy animal and an important part of the culture. Many tourists who visit Thailand put seeing the elephants at the top of their “to do” list. To celebrate our anniversary, we decided to splurge on an overnight stay at the Elephant Nature Park just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand. This definitely ranks among the top trip experiences thus far. It also resulted in Jeremy taking over 1,500 pictures in…

Meeting Tahan the Tapir in Malaysia

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One of our big adventures in Malaysia was taking a three-day trip into Taman Negara National Park to try and see a Malaysian Tapir in the wild. I have been a tapir fanatic since I was about 10 years-old, and seeing one in the wild has been a goal of mine for years.  A national park on the Malay peninsula was one of my best opportunities to try and see one of these shy, nocturnal, big-nosed guys.     Taman Negara is located in the center of peninsular Malaysia, about…

Ubud’s Monkey Forest

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Ubud, a town on Indonesia’s island of Bali, is a popular destination for tourists. Ubud is a bit of a cultural hotspot, with dance performances, temples galore, and more batik classes than you can shake a sarong at. And it has a monkey forest. The Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a temple complex and a nature reserve. The monkey forest is a sacred site for Balinese Hindus, who believe that forested areas like this one are a place where important human and animal spirits remain.…

Giving you the bird

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We passed one of our days in Singapore visiting the Jorung bird park. Our first stop was to chat with a caretaker about hornbills. There are many types of hornbills native to Southeast Asia. Despite our attempts and sore necks, we have yet to see one in the wild. Fun hornbill fact, they are one of few birds with eyelashes. It is thought that they have them to protect their eyes as they fly through the dense vegetation of the jungle. This is Sally, a resident of the park who…