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JENNIE ELLIOTT
British

Care for Animals at Colombo Zoo in Sri Lanka, Volunteering
         

Jennie did a series of different projects with Travellers in Sri Lanka

I'm just emailing to let you know what an amazing time I had at the zoo last month! It was without a doubt the best experience I've ever had!! Amatar was great and let us work with the animals we wanted to work with - I think in three weeks Wendy and I did just about everything. The staff were friendly and the opportunities they gave us were unbelievable!

I've been playing hands-on with Benga the leopard cub, bottle fed honey to the sloth bears, taken Paris the monkey for walks, washed the elephants, ridden the elephants, fed the lions and tigers, helped to enrich some of the monkey cages, fed the sea-lions and penguins and been up close to so many of the animals.

It's an experience that will definitely be hard to match and I was really sad to leave. The highlight was the leopard cub - we got to play with him just about every day and watch him grow. I've got some great photos (including a picture of Roshan holding him and looking terrified!!) but I've not got my CD with me so I'll email them to you next time.

I would definitely recommend the zoo placement for anyone who loves animals and doesn't mind getting their hands dirty; there isn't much to do after lunch time unless you stay to watch the animal shows or help with feeding but that's fine because a month was still long enough to fit in everything I wanted to do and it meant that we got to relax in the afternoons too! Perfect!

Roshan, Niranjela and all the boys at the Ja Ela house are amazing too. Roshan and Niranjela have always been really helpful and supportive and the boys in the house work so hard and do a brilliant job. I really miss them now that I'm up in Kegalle [Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage project] (even though Hirani and the boys here are great too!).

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