Volunteer Testimonials

“I always felt well taken care of and knew that if I needed anything or had any questions, I could always contact a member of AERU. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. This has also been a major contributing factor to feeling so comfortable at AERU. Ellies playing in the waterhole and the pleasant silence and starry sky during the evening observation were some of my most memorable moments – it´s a very special experience.

My contributions to the research unit with the monitoring the elephants and data entry and with the nursery project was very enriching. I have taken some valuable lessons with me now that I can apply in my life and it has shown me once again that I can also quickly initiate new ways with small steps. A huge thank you to everyone, that everyone contributed to make the time so great, I will remember it with so much joy for a very, very long time.”



-Sonja, 30, Jan 2023

Graham White & Ema Dean

...it will be very sad to leave all 10 ellies behind but we have been lucky enough to come and live our dream and explore this amazing country

Martha Tingey

These have genuinely been the best weeks of my life and the happiness I feel every time I see the elephants has not gone away.

Nikki Lewis

Learning the history of AERU from Dr Debbie was fascinating and Clare’s presentation on SDB’s, though very humorous, helped me understand just how much elephants are like humans and the work they do is so important in making captive elephants all over the world happier and healthier.
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