Day 8: Elephant Freedom Project

Today, March the 6th we were ready to leave the Hilltop hotel at 8:45 A.M. We took a two hours bus ride to the elephant freedom project. When we got there we were divided in two groups of 10 people each. While one group prepared food for everyone, the other went for a walk with the elephants. The cooking was similar to the one of the previous days. After the food was ready we had lunch. We then hid boxes with fruits and vegetables inside the elephants enclosure for them to find the food. The elephants Wastu and Sunjee had lots of fun searching for the boxes hidden in between bushes and trees.

We then observed the elephants finding the boxes and having fun eating the fruits. After that we fed them some rice wrapped with banana leaves that we had previously prepared. It was time for the second group to go walk with Sunjee and Wastu. We where able to touch the elephants and take pictures with them while we did the trail. After this came the best part. We had to wash the elephants! They laid on the running river while we scraped the dirt off their skin with coconuts! We completed our day with a two hour bus ride back to the hotel to take a shower and have some dinner. (Raul Valle Cabral & Bernardo Sá)

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