Welcome to our Sunday Selfie project: Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka. We took 2,228 photographs and videos at the orphanage so choosing four photos for today was difficult. Each elephant eats over 250kgs of food – one quarter of a ton – of leaves and greenery every single day.
People are no longer allowed to own more than 50 acres per family, which is not enough land to sustain an elephant, making the elephants’ situation even more important, for their long term safety.
We spent the entire day with an elephant expert who, at the end of the day, took ‘her’ (Michele) aside to meet with the person in charge of all the elephants and the person in charge of all the elephant handlers. As the elephant expert translated, they all talked for over an hour and asked her opinion, good or bad, if she felt areas could be improved.
Although she saw many good and positive things at the orphanage, she videoed two incidents which were unacceptable. The men watched the footage and took on board what she said and agreed changes should be made.
The elephant expert asked for copies of her footage because he will be sending it to the Minister in charge of all Sri Lanka’s elephants, where recommendations will be made for further improvements in elephant care and communication between the training of elephants and tourists visiting the orphanage.
We all agreed that the elephant orphanage MUST succeed because its all the elephants have! Outside the orphanage, things are even worse for elephants, who are exploited and being pushed further out as they lose more and more habitat.
Hope you enjoyed meeting out new elephant friends. We fell in love with them. Please visit our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, which stays open all week, every week. Hope to see you visit us again real soon. *waves paw* :=o)