Baby Elephant Funeral at Elephant Nature Park

Raja Gaja’s Funeral

We arrived at Elephant Nature Park on Sunday morning and were shocked to hear the news the little baby elephant, Raja Gaja, had passed away the night before. Despite round-the-clock care, attention and love, he didn’t make it. The last several days included some major discomfort so this was seen as the end of his suffering. […]

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Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves

We began our day with what has become our usual breakfast: masala dosa at a small Indian cafeteria and we’re the only white faces in the crowd. After breakfast we bought train tickets to the Batu Caves, a very religious location for Hindus. We were delighted to find “women only cars”: And if you look […]

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Kuala Lumpur – Day Two: Bird Park

Sleeping in was the way we began our day. Without a window in our hotel room, it’s very dark making it an ideal place to sleep but it also means that we have no idea what type of weather to expect when leaving the hotel. This morning we were met by rain. Hungry and not […]

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Baby Elephant Sleeping at Elephant Nature Park

Baby Elephant at the Elephant Nature Park

We went to Elephant Nature Park again for the day as we do every second Saturday. This time was an extra special visit though as we learned on the ride up about a baby elephant that had just arrived the day before. He was only 2 days old. Immediately upon arriving at the park we rushed to the enclosure that […]

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Forest Crested Lizard in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Animals of Chiang Mai, Thailand

We’ve been here for almost 2 months now (Wow, can you believe it?) and we’ve seen many animals. First of all, animals can appear in the least likely places, like this chicken, who we found in the office of the Elephant Nature Park: And continuing with the bird theme, pigeons are here too. This one […]

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Bathing Elephant in the Mae Taeng River at the Elephant Nature Park

Ligeia’s Visit to Elephant Nature Park

Since Ligeia was only 2 kilometers away from the Elephant Nature Park where she and Mindy did the week of volunteer service, Ligeia decided to spend Friday afternoon and evening visiting the elephants. Oh how great it was to be back! Her visit began with lunch which was yummy and full of vegetarian choices! And […]

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Spending Time With Our Elephant Friends

We have befriended several of our fellow volunteers at the Elephant Nature Park and have been fortunate enough to spend more time with them while they are still in Chiang Mai. The group started out with quite a large number but day by day, friends leave Chiang Mai and continue on their way and to […]

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Ligeia’s 39th Birthday

The morning began by waking up at 5am to drive to Crystal River to swim with the manatees which has become somewhat of a tradition for Ligeia’s birthday. Ligeia opened her presents when they got back from manatee-ing. Here is the array of gifts she got: After a nice nap, Mindy set out in the […]

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