INSPIRED BY NATURE’S PERFECTION
THE ELEPHANT SAFARI PARK & LODGE HAS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE, AS IT WELCOMED A NEW BABY ELEPHANT TO ITS HERD OF TWENTY-SEVEN RESCUED ELEPHANTS AND THREE OTHER BABIES BORN AT THE PARK IN 2009. THIS NOW BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SUMATRAN ELEPHANTS AT THE WORLD-FAMOUS PARK TO 31 PACHYDERMS.
Twenty-eight-year-old mother, Yanti, had an easy and trouble-free birth with no help needed from the staff and vet on standby. Born at 5:50 a.m., as dawn was breaking, an excited and enthusiastic number of guests staying at the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge were lucky enough to witness this spectacular birth close up. Thoughtfully named for the Indonesian word ‘fajar’, which means ‘dawn’, Baby Fajar was on her feet within an hour of being born, an amazing sight after a twenty-two-and-a-half month gestation period.
Managing Director, Nigel Mason, said ‘that it proves once again that the fuss that we see exhibited by Western zoos is not necessary and that elephants giving birth should be left to take care of things without a cast of thousands fussing around them and getting in the way of what comes naturally in nature. We are here to watch and enjoy nature’s work and should only be on standby in case a problem occurs. Here at the Elephant Safari Park we let nature take it’s course with no artificial insemination and no bureaucratic circus involved.’
The baby and mother can be viewed at the park’s open enclosure, where guests can either sit and watch or see the baby as they pass by on their elephant rides. Located just 20 minutes outside of Ubud, in the traditional village of Taro, the property features all the trappings of a luxury boutique resort, perfect for everyone who enjoys peace and tranquility. Imagine being picked up from your room by an ‘Elephant Chauffeur’ or waking up to the sight of a herd of elephants making their way to play and bathe in a lake. Generously spread amongst 3.5 hectares of pristine tropical parklands and unspoiled national forest; majestic Sumatran elephants will act as personal valet, picking you up from your suite to enjoy a sumptuous meal at Mammoths Head Bar Terrace.
Or try an elephant trek through the surrounding forest, with yet another gourmet feast awaiting you at The Park Restaurant. Guests enjoy helping the elephants with their bathing rituals or feeding and petting them. The luxury 25-room safari style lodge offers a very rare opportunity to interact with one of their Sumatran elephants while beautifully appointed accommodation and modern amenities such as the Safari Wellness Spa and top notch dining venues make for an unforgettable holiday. This spot is also perfect for destination events such as private parties and family reunions.