Diary entry by AERU volunteer Jazmin. 23.10.12
“You have not had a great day unless you’ve learned something interesting”. I heard those words the second day of my stay at the park from one of the elephant handlers and am ecstatic to say that I’ve had a great day every day.
The sole notion of knowing that every day when I wake up I will be able to see those gigantic beautiful beasts is a dream come true. For years I’ve taken it upon myself to learn as much as possible on everything there is to know about elephants and finally being able to touch one and experience one and realize that I will never know enough is a fantastic feeling.
My greatest experience occurred a couple of days ago, as it down poured. A couple of the elephants dipped in the dam for a swim and it was an incredible experience to see. They swam, played, dipped and rolled in the water and the mud for hours.
Interestingly, as I was sitting here and writing this, I heard my first wild trumpeting! Not too sure what happened but Thandi called for her mom and so Nandi came running (fast walking) towards her with a fury that only a mother can express- it was such a racket!!
With this being my first trip alone I was a little nervous and did not know what to expect. The people, the elephants, and the environment that surround me however are all so beautiful that I’m already starting to call this place a home.”Fi