By Beth Eisenstaedt - Assistant Director of Development
On September 16, 2011 the Kouprey Express took a group of 96 people from the National Borey for Infants and Children (NBIC), including orphaned and disabled children, staff, and international volunteers, on a field trip Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. For many of these children, it was their first visit to PTWRC and their excitement was palpable. The visit included a tour of the whole facility and environmental games and art projects to facilitate learning about wildlife. The day was hot and airless, and even though many of the children were physically handicapped and confined to wheelchairs, their fascination kept them moving. They were eager to see all the animals and fearless when meeting Lucky, one of PTWRC’s resident elephants. They got up close with her, petting her hide and hugging her trunk when she touched them “Hello.” After a delicious lunch at the center, the kids participated in art activities and games. The KE staff has never seen as many smiling faces as they saw in the NBIC group and a great time was had by all. We look forward to hosting another group from NBIC soon!
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