Wildlife Friends, Part 2

Trip Start Dec 29, 2007
Trip End Dec 12, 2008

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

As my time at the Wildlife Rescue Centre ends, it hasn't escaped me just how out of date my blog has become, and how bad I have been at keeping in touch with people during the last six weeks.

It's hard to explain the effect the Wildlife Rescue Centre has had on me, but I'll try now, and if I do a really bad job, at least you've still got about a million cute animal pictures to ooh and aah over.

I've spent most of my time at the WRC working on the team Primates 2, along with my friend Annika.  We've both really enjoyed it and have become very close to the animals we work with.  We work mostly with macaques, although we have some involvement with the gibbons too, because we are responsible for providing enrichment to all the primates at the centre.  That's the best job I could imagine and I don't think I could ever tire of trying to find new ways to keep the animals physically and mentally stimulated.  Of course as in any job like this I have my favourite animals.  There are too many to list, but the highlight of every day for me is turning on the 'fountain' for three young macaques - Bandit, Ithem and Wandee - to play in. 

There have of course been ups and downs while I've been at the centre, and the emotional attachment that most volunteers form with the animals mean that we really come together as a team at those times.  The deaths of Mac and Emma's lovely puppy Jingle Bells were grieved by everyone at the centre, and at times it was hard to move on and concentrate on those animals we are able to help.  The serow rescue was another particularly turbulent time, but I don't think I could explain the situation any better than Edwin already has, so here is a link to that story.

On a lighter note it's been great to see positive changes happening around the centre.  I've seen animals move from solitary cages into groups that they were finally able to interact with, and gibbons move from old, inadequate enclosures into new state-of-the-art ones up in the treetops in the jungle.  I was lucky enough to be able to see the huge area of new land which, once construction work has been done, will enable the centre's elephants to be taken off their chains forever.  The rate at which progress takes place at the centre has really astounded me, especially given the lack of funds available to a charity of this type.

Socially the centre has been a great experience too.  I've had a lot of fun and made some life-long friends, and it was really hard to say goodbye. 

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abi1982 on

Worry not
I can see why you have had far more important things to with yourself than do your blog or email. Life here hardly compares to all that. enjoy it and ignore me, sorry if I have been horrid x

annek on

Re: Worry not
Don't be silly, the rescue was amazing but that's no excuse to lose touch with people at home. Anyway I'm travelling again now so it's easier to have more frequent email sessions again :-) Miss you x

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