Hvað er innifalið?
The Wildlife Friends of Thailand currently run a program to keep the domestic elephants off the streets of Bangkok and other big cities, and support a pilot project where wild elephants are being kept in the forest near domestic elephants. As of September 2008, the center received a large plot of land donated by people in Australia for the elephants to live and roam around. The land plot which measures around 40,000 square meters is behind the Wildlife Rescue Center bordering the creek, and has been fenced and enriched to keep the elephants as happy and safe as possible. Volunteers are wanted to help out in the future caring for these beautiful creatures in cooperation with professional mahouts.
Volunteers at the Wildlife Rescue Center will spend a significant amount of time preparing food for the animals, serving it to them and cleaning their enclosures. Depending upon the number of volunteers at the time, there will also be work in connection with building/upgrading enclosures, usually involving a lot of digging and painting. The enclosures are set up so that they can be cleaned and the animals fed without any contact with the animals (unless permitted/requested by staff).
When combining the two projects, we recommend volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Center before the Elephant Rescue Center, as the hours are longer and more intense, then it's possible to have a slightly more relaxing time with the elephants afterwards.