For day #5 of the A to Z Challenge, I’m featuring my first non-city destination.
Obviously, I have a bit of a thing for elephants.
Visting the Elephant Sanctuary has been a dream of mine for years and years: ever since this video hit YouTube back in 2009:
Seriously. I tear up every time.
Unfortunately (for me), The Elephant Sanctuary isn’t open to the general public. It’s a good thing for the girls, as they’ve all lived hard lives and are now retired from zoos or circuses. The only two ways to snag a visit are to serve as a volunteer or to join the Sanctuary’s VIP Pledge Program, which requires pledging $2,000 or more each year for five consecutive years, and grants a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sanctuary. I may write up a bucket list, just to be able to put both of these things on it. For reals.