I know I’m not alone when I say this school year was beyond exhausting for teachers across the globe. We have undoubtedly earned this years summer vacation. But, instead of spending our first weekend at home recuperating and decompressing, we packed up and headed to Fredericksburg to visit the elephants at The Preserve.
When I first heard that there was an elephant preserve in Texas I knew I had to go. Elephants are hands down my favorite animals and I’ve always been fascinated with them. After doing my research I booked our Air B&B and tickets to see the elephants. I figured this would be the perfect way to celebrate the end of a rough school year.
As always our Air B&B did not disappoint. If you’ve never rented an Air B&B I highly recommend you do so.
We checked in the night before so we had time to relax before the big elephant adventure. It was a good thing we prepared ahead of time because the Bearded One was a little under the weather. Lucky for us me and baby O had plenty of room to run around the AirB&B while the Bearded One rested up.
The day of our elephant encounter started off rainy but cleared up by the time we arrived. I was a little nervous that baby O would be scared of the elephants and I didn’t know what to exactly what to expect.
Each encounter only allows about 30 people so it wasn’t crowded and we all were able to interact with the 3 beautiful Asian Elephants (Rosie, Kitty and Becky).
They staff did an amazing job explaining everything about these fascinating animals. They were knowledgeable and made the experience not just educational but interactive and fun.
We were able to give Rosie a bath, take pictures with Becky, watch Kitty get a pedicure, and so much more. Everyone was allowed to interact with “the girls” and baby O wasn’t even scared!
Overall I give this experience 10/10 and I would definitely do it again! (We might wait until Baby O is a little older and more attentive).
If you’d like more information please follow this link:https://www.visitthepreserve.com/ . The staff said they would soon be adding more animals and exhibits so stay tuned!
2 thoughts on “Elephants!”
Aw this looks like such a lovely experience – especially if you love elephants! Definitely a great idea for a day out!
Massive kudos for the end of the school year! It must have been so tough through 2020 and 2021! You totally deserve a treat and it looks like you all had a fantastic day!
I am not really sure about the elephant preserve. It always makes me uncomfortable if the animals are doing tricks or have to stay in one spot for photos. I really hope they are being treated well, but I guess I prefer visiting “sanctuary” type places that allow the animals to relax. It is really good that the staff are teaching people about the elephants (and that they only allow minimal visitors at once.)