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Day 17 Volunteering

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Today is the eve of Chinese New Year, so from the early hours of the morning firecrackers having been going off all other the place. The whole day has been a celebration for the locals, the safari has been open as usual but we have had the owner’s family here, and there have been large amounts of food that we have been given and has all been delicious. If only the firecrackers would stop, as it makes our work with the cubs and monkeys really hard because they get scared.

We had our usual morning routine and Liam walked the tiger cubs with Dean, another volunteer who is leaving tomorrow. When Dean leaves it will mean that every volunteer who was here when we got here would have left so we will be the most experienced apart from Ned and Tat. We have started to discuss leaving soon as we want to re cooperate before Myanmar.

We spent all afternoon by the cubs, but we had a couple of small tasks to as well. Chelsea drew up the plans for the tiger enclosure idea we have to present the group later. Basically it includes three sections, a section for each the tigers and leopards that customers can still enter and play and feed with them and a third section which is more a display section that customers can watch the cubs play and swim and climb. We came up with a couple ideas the team like, Chelsea drawings really helped, our main idea was a 360 degree viewing area in the middle of the enclosure that was camouflaged and customers could sit and secretly watch the animals within the enclosure. The idea is similar to a bird watchers hut but will just have slits and peep holes so the cubs are not scared and we can rub different smells on the hut so the cubs will come really close to investigate and the customers will get close up eye to eye contact, without any risk.

All the tourists today were pleasant so it makes our job easier. Liam filed down the edges of a big concrete giraffe bowl that is to be used as a swimming pool for the cubs. It is still incredibly hot and that made the work hard but the cubs will love playing in the water.

We gave both sets of cubs toys today and they loved them. The tiny leopards were scared at first but then bounding all over and Ned the tiger cub liked his so much he started to growl at anyone who came near it in case they took it off him.

At 4pm when the cubs go back to the night time enclosure we headed back to the common room. The plan was an early evening feed with the monkeys so we could go chill out and go fishing. Unlike Wednesday when this was originally planned everything ran smoothly and we were soon sat by the river. Needless to say we did not catch anything but it was nice to relax with a couple of beers, and watch the sunset with our fishing rods. Liam caught a few rocks by getting the hook caught on the bottom a lot of times.

There are only four of us tomorrow, us and the new volunteers, Dean leaves and Tat and Ned have taken a rare day off. It will be a busy day but we hope to get into Kanchanaburi after English class to take part in the Chinese New Year celebrations. As we are writing this it has started to rain, and it is the first time we have had rain in over a month.

Posted by Chelsandliam 07:47 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand kanchanaburi

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Happy New Year to you both.I am not surprised ya staying on I would be too. Will you come back to us?????mmmmmmmmmmm wouldn't blame ya if not sounds like ya both a great credit to them. Keep enjoying n chat soon. Big hugs loads kisses n all our love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx be safe xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

by mands

Hi sweeties. Your idea's for the tiger enclosure sound really good but the filing not so good in all that heat lol. Glad you managed to relax a little although i don't think you will ever become fishermen.
Hope all goes well tomorrow and you can enjoy the chinese new year in Kanchanaburi.
Love you loads and miss you lots xxxxx mum & dad xxxxx

by bev

hiya, well you have both given your all to the safari park but it's nice to hear you are thinking of moving on for a rest before going to Myanmar. hope you have managed to keep ya dollars in good order lol
take care, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

love dad


Hi ya guys hpe yr both well, u 2 r amazin doing all these drawings & plans 4 tat & ned (they must love u both) yr practically runin the zoo, all apart from going in to the lions den with a chair & a whip liam! ha ha, doin a bit of lion taming hey hey, they were even comfortable enuf to av a day off & leave u to run tings, so proud of u, hpe u enjoy new year celebrations, chillin & ting xxxx will try 2 skype u bout 3pm sun all our lve c & s xxxxxxxxx

by Chris & Shell

Glad you are thinking about moving on ,think you have both worked really hard while you have been there .Hope you enjoy Chinese New Year ,they where celebrating outside M&S yesterday in town we stood and watched them the noise was very loud with drums no firecrackers though. Looking forward to your next blog still cannot stop looking at photos. Lots of love and big hugs Nan and Grandad xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

by Nan & Grandad

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