25.01.2013 - 25.01.2013 36 °C
Last night’s sleep was terrible as loud music started playing from 4am and went on all morning so we were exhausted when we got up at 6.45am. The first job of the day is to clean and feed the monkeys and leopards. Two people clean the monkeys, Liam helped clean out the leopards and Chelsea helped collect leaves to go inside one of the cages for the monkeys. The monkeys are the animals which take up a lot of time and who are in need of help. Their cages are small concrete areas with nothing inside that had not been cleaned for years and years. One by one they are being renovated by the volunteers but they are cleaned every morning. After this we went for breakfast which was crazy spicy and we went back to the common area to go through our English teacher role with one of the people we are replacing. We are really glad we have taken on the English school as it looks like it is extremely rewarding.
After this we went back to the monkey area as one of the monkeys, King Kong is having his enclosure doubled and renovated. We went in search of a tree to put inside the cage and found one with a huge old termite nest on it that the monkey will apparently love. Liam sawed it down. It was mid-day by this point so we were boiling! It was a little bit surreal to be walking in the jungle, Liam with a saw and Chelsea with a machete looking for a tree for a monkey cage. The enclosure needed deep cleaning before the new tree went in. Me, Liam and a girl called Jo set about cleaning the cage which was seriously dirty and grimy as it had not been touched in years. All the equipment here is old and second rate so a job that should take 10 minute takes an hour so it took us all afternoon to clean out the cage. People then set about getting the tree inside and wiring different branches so that King Kong can climb around. Chelsea went to find more leaves for his floor.
Before we knew it was going dark so we came back for a shower before our first class. The English class was lovely and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Attending the class were two ladies that work at the safari and their children who are so eager and willing to learn. We played games and spoke to them and we are looking forward to working with them as they are so friendly. The kids are gorgeous and so cute.
We have enjoyed our first full day but it is tiring work so early nights will be on the cards for the next week. It is fun working in the zoo and really good to see the transformation of an enclosure. We can’t wait to try out all the other things and meet the other animals over the next week.