Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Elephant Making Centre

All the elephants in Sauraha have to come from somewhere. Up until the 70’s, they trapped wild elephants, but these days there is a centre dedicated to breeding them. The elephants spend most of the day grazing in the jungle, and they come back in the afternoon to eat special treats the trainers make out of grass and molasses. When we visited, there were three two-month-old calves running about the place, and they get pretty much all the attention from visitors. Their mums weren’t worried about the babies coming over to us to play; they were more concerned with when they would be getting their grass and molasses balls.

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