Daniel · Travel Diary

Elephants in Bali

Hi my name is Daniel I’m 12. On this blog I’m going to be talking about my experience with elephants in Bali. Elephants are kind animals that care for each others safety, can carry lots of weight and can run up to 40km an hour. They have a long nose called a trunk that they use to drink water and grab food. Here are some pictures to give an idea on how big they actually are.

African elephants grow to be 3.3m and Asian elephants grow to be around 2.7m. That’s pretty big. dan1

On our visit to the elephant park in Bali, I spent most of my time playing with the baby elephant named Lina, I also got to bathe the elephants and ride them. When you ride an elephant bare back you usually sit on its neck or on its head. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt the elephants.

Elephants can eat 200 to 600 pounds of food per day and can spend 12 to 18 hours just feeding. Elephants are not native to Bali. They were imported here by an English born, Australian man named Nigel Mason who is the owner of the Bali elephant rescue safari that we visited.

Nigel Mason rescued these Elephants from Sumatra where they were being shot by local farmers who consider them to be a nuisance.

Even the baby elephant Lina seemed really big up close or at least for me. Elephants can be trained to do lots of things but Lina just likes to hug.

Elephants will hug you with their trunks which is a weird feeling.  it’s awesome because you can hug them back. They have hair on their trunks and most of their body. But their hair is not like a human’s in the way that our hair grows in thick patches. Elephants hair is more wide spread and sort of prickly. dan2

Besides that, elephants are easy to love and hug.  After spending time to learn and play with the elephants they came to be my favorite animals. I can guarantee that if you go to Bali and decide to go to elephant park and take the time to play and understand the elephants, they just might become your favorite animals too.

I hope you get a chance to visit the Bali Elephant park someday. If not, you can at least enjoy my video and photos here. Thanks for reading!

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