Elephant Conservation in Cambodia
Volunteers work alongside local and international staff to assist in the rewilding of 9 rescued Asian elephants and helping with a variety of local community initiatives.
Each day differs but generally volunteers will spend half of each day with the elephants, observing them or helping to carry out their health checks. The other half of each day is spent volunteering on a variety of tasks that are required by the sanctuary which will vary depending on the needs of the project and the local community at the time but may include:
* Harvesting banana and pineapple trees for the elephants
* Construction jobs such as fixing or making handrails or steps for the journey down to the elephants
* Road maintenance
* Assisting with community development initiatives
How is the project making a difference?
The sanctuary we work with provides a home to 9 Asian elephants that have been rescued from a variety of working backgrounds. They are now retired from work and live in the forest being rehabilitated in order to experience a more natural life. Here they are provided with a great natural environment to roam and each elephant has regular health checks and veterinary treatment when required.
The sanctuary works closely with the local community and the previous owners of the elephants (mahouts) as they recognise that without joint support, future positive change will not be possible. Therefore the project also provides employment opportunities for the mahouts to look after the elephants in their new home, but without having to work the elephants to earn an income. The project works closely with the larger local Bunong community assisting them with health care, education, land protection and community development initiatives.
Through the education of the local community and visitors to the area, they discourage the further domestication of wild elephants and instead demonstrate the value of elephants living more freely in the forest.
Why volunteers are needed:
Each elephant has their own mahout but volunteers provide an extra pair of eyes; whilst observing the elephants wandering freely in the forest you will learn how to complete full health checks which will allow you to identify and report any concerns regarding the elephants. These daily observations allows the project team to monitor the elephants’ health and wellbeing.
Volunteers also carry out a number of tasks to benefit the elephants in terms of additional food harvest for those who require it and contribute to the upkeep of the camp. A number of jobs that volunteers are part of are to benefit the local community such as farming and construction. These would not be possible without the hard work of dedicated volunteers.
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