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MICHAEL COLEMAN
British

Care for Animals at Colombo Zoo in Sri Lanka, Volunteering
         

Two or so months ago I returned from an amazing trip to Sri Lanka, working at Colombo Zoo. I had a fantastic time, probably the best three months of my life.

 Roshan, Niranjala, the house, all the house boys and our drivers were brilliant. I couldn't believe how nice the house was, it was a palace!

Working at the Zoo was the best experience of my life, the things we got to do surpassed what I originally thought our duties would be. We got to get extremely close (sometimes too close, a penguin bit my thumb, but it was a great laugh) to elephants, camels, giraffes, sea lions, orang-utans, a baby chimp and many many more. One thing that impressed me was the variety of work we were allowed to take on, from taking samples of droppings in the big cat cages and washing the big male lion at the end, to actually holding a blow fish (the ones that blow up when threatened) and feeding fish to other fish.

The staff at the zoo were great, especially the head curator, things got done faster when he was around. The Aquarium staff especially were very enthusiastic.

I think of my time in the zoo almost everyday, which is why I remembered to send this message to you.

I've made some great friends and a few of us are going to hopefully return to travel around more next year, Sri Lanka is a very beautiful place.

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