Can anyone recommend a wildlife conservation/sanctuary project where you can interact with the animals.
Can anyone recommend a wildlife conservation/sanctuary project where you can interact with the animals. I (Nikki) am travelling by myself so I want to go somewhere safe! I am looking to go for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year and I am looking for OK weather (i.e. somewhere it is not going to rain for the whole 2 weeks) any ideas / personal recommendations?
Nikki, is there any particular continent or country/countries that you prefer to visit?
I think Nikki is open to suggestions (this is Chris now). But extra emphasis on a safe place as I won't be going with her due to work commitments. She's been looking at various places in Africa and parts of Asia.
I know a project in Thailand where you can hang out with elephants - you know - learn to feed, bath and ride them. It's not a sanctuary though, they are working elephants.
We know a couple who went to Highland Farm
in Western Thailand.
We tried to go too but after making the journey all the way up there (their email wasn't working) they were full for volunteers and we had to leave. We were totally gutted as we'd heard such good reports of the place.
Easily accessible from Bangkok by bus so Nikki would be fine going up there on her own and she can make all the arrangements before she goes.. their email is working now!
Let us know where you decide
I visited for a day the elephant orphanage just out of chang mai. There were people there who were volunteering and staying there for a couple of weeks. I think you paid to stay there but i guess they need the money and to pay for food, electricity etc.
It looked pretty good and there were heaps of volunteers so i would imagine quite safe.
I stayed overnight at an interesting Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. It is on this blog - Falling Off An Elephant
- but I believe that the minimum payment is four weeks (at a cost of $300 - including food and accommodation) even if staying for less time.