I'm torn. What I loved about it is also something that concerns me: you get really close to the elephants. It's hard to tell how the critters feel about it when, through no choice of their own, caretakers take bribes to let you touch them for a photograph. I could tell the 3-legged elephant (injured by a landmine during the civil war) did not like being touched, and yet hundreds of tourists daily are pestering the poor thing. It does seem to me that the caretakers are otherwise respectful of the elephants and know them well. I especially enjoyed talking to the man who cares for the two babies. Feeding time with the big elephants is another sight to see, as it's not often you see such large beings breaking trees for a meal. When you leave, visit the elephant dung paper factory. Proceeds go in part to support the orphanage.
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