We drove over from the east coast, as it is virtually equidistant from KL, very pleasant drive.
It is free to enter, and there appear to be a few elephants to view on large compounds at all times.
however at a set time there is a video about the work they do to relocate elephants who need it due to buildings or palm oil plantations cutting them off form their usual haunts.
we paid a small amount to use the services of a local "keeper/guide" which was necessary to participate in the elephant bathing.
After the video, you can feed the elephants in pens with bananas or sugar cane bought cheaply on site, no external food allowed. Following that some large elephants wade in the river then go to a large enclosure to demonstrate their "tricks" which needed to be taught to eg allow veterinary examination.
The elephants who are permanent residents are all disabled in some way.
these larger elephants can also be hand fed- this part os all f.o.c.
After that, a couple of baby elephants went into the river and groups of 6 could rub them with river gravel, then splash them, and get soaked by the keepers.
it was great fun. some took bathing costumes, but be warned bikinis or underwear are strictly prohibited, and we just wore our shorts and t shirts, which dried very quickly in the heat.
there is a small cafe there too and a very small, inexpensive souvenir shop.
The elephants all appeared very happy, we are not a big fan of zoos but this seemd to be serving a genuine purpose, and the visits gain it a small amount of income- they should be able to charge more.
giving a donation involved form filling in triplicate- you can't just put some money in a collecion jar unfortunately- that would make it much easier and generate more income I'm sure.
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