This includes collecting and piling the elephant dung to use as compost, cleaning the elephant’s bed and helping with the harvesting of banana plants that we grow.
Over the course of your time on the Elephant Experience, volunteer in Sri Lanka participants are encouraged to learn and replicate the mahout’s use of unique command phrases to communicate with the elephants.
The activities you will be getting involved with on a daily basis include: Feeding – The elephants are fed twice a day and their main source of nourishment comes from the leaves and branches of trees.
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The project fees for the programme are used to fund the care of the elephants.
You will be working alongside a mahout (elephant carer) who has years of experience and draws upon generations of tribal knowledge about elephants.
For a relatively small country, Sri Lanka has a high population of elephants – over 4,000.
Elephants play a big part in Sri Lankan culture and have been trained for religious, commercial and domestic purposes for thousands of years.
Washing – The elephants are also bathed twice a day.