One of my biggest dreams was to ride on the back of an elephant. Now I had the chance. That´s why my friends and I decided to go to the Bali Zoo, located not far away from Ubud. We booked a trip with riding elephants for 30 minutes, animal encounters, usual zoo admission and feeding the elephants. We all were very excited when we arrived. We directly started our way to the biggest living earth animals.
Before the trip I had some worries if they are in a good condition or if the guides will work with them peacefully. As I am no elephant pro, from my persperctive the animals looked good without any direct traces of injuries or relining. Of course I am not so naive that they like to stay the whole day there and walk around with the people. But they enjoy it to get the food of the visitors and after each ride, they may drink and had a lot of fun to spray the whole water to the visitors.
Riding on the elephant was wonderful and the nice guide told us something about his elephant. We have been on the elephant lady Molly, who was 25 years old (teenager). All elephants are from Sumatra and each of them has its own trainer who works with them and also stands as a friend.
After that we explored the zoo. The animals looked also in good conditions, but in comparison to german zoos the living areas were quite smaller than it maybe should be. In the animal encounters, the visitors can take pictures with an alligator, an animal I can not describe and a baby monkey, who was sooooo cute.
Finally I am really happy to had the chance to be so close to these usually wild animals, to observe how they look and act.