EBPP Children’s Bali Safari & Marine Park Study Tour

Par Aris Harianto & Yulia Soebeno

EBPP students from Cegi and Bunga hamlet together with Mr. Thurston and Ms. Sande at Bali Safari & parc marin

Cegi classrooms lit up with the glow on children’s faces when David asked them “Who wants to go on Safari and see dozens of wild animals, tropical fish, snakes and elephants?” The glow rapidly turned to confused frowns of disbelief with expressions that read “What, wild animals here, in Bali?? How are we going to get to a real jungle from our isolated hamlets?” After clarifications that this amazing information was true, and that all of EBPP schools would go, with the older children as chaperones to their younger classmates, they were all eyes.

Flash back to 1999, quand 85% du 17,000 population of Ban village had never left the village in history, never heard of a toilet or midwife; when everyone believed the world consisted of 2 places – Desa Ban and Java; and nobody had ever seen the Indonesian flag nor knew their ages! And now, tous 340 EBPP schoolchildren, tutors and staff will visit Bali Safari and Marine Park, thanks to the kind sponsorship of EBPP’s latest donors, from Australia, Mr Thurston Saulman and Ms Sande McKinlay. The nervous excitement was electric as they counted the days to when they’d go on a bus tripas they had never been on a bus beforeto see dozens of wild animals, Komodo Dragons, camels, elephants, massive snakes, eagles and tropical fish?

On October 20e, the 64 students from Bunga and Cegi started their experience, joined by their local tutors and some EBPP staff led, by Komang Kurniawan, EBPP Chairman and Team Leader since 1998. This study tour aims to broaden studentsknowledge about the natural world and increase their awareness of the importance of looking after them and the importance of conservation of the living environment. EBPP’s remaining 280 children from our other 4 écoles, along with their local tutors will visit the Safari Park school-by-school in the next four weeks.

After a healthy yellow rice and veggie breakfast, the students got into the 3 small buses in Daya hamlet at 06.30am, heading south via Bukit Jambul & Klungkung to the Tohpati-Kusamba by-pass. Looking in amazement to their right and left on these wide and busy highways, that bore no resemblance to their mountain hamlet dirt tracks, the buzz of conversation was often broken by the sound of the plastic bag as some children’s breakfast left their stomachs…

Approaching the Safari Park, their eyes were wide open, apprehensive about what they would see or experience in Bali Safari & parc marin. After a pep talk on arrival by David Booth on the importance of asking questions, taking notes and enjoying themselves, their tickets were wrapped around their wrists and the Safari Park guides ushered them into the park compound. When the Bali Safari tram arrived to start the tour of the park, they were in awe, and an expression of wonder seeing so many new animals on their right and left sides. When we got out of the tram and arrived at Lobby barong, the children were very excited to see all the different kind of fishes, from a small Gold fish to black sharks. With a tour guide from BSMP explaining everything about the animals, along the way, the children seem very enthusiastic. They did not stop asking questions about what they saw along the journey.

As the tram moved into the enclosure’s area, where all the dangerous animals being kept, such as Lions, Tigers, bears, etc; and seeing them so close and in the nature enclosure, some girls were amazed to see these animals actually so real and close. They had never seen an elephant directly before. They also have not seen how the tigers live in the wild, the amazement continued whilst seeing the ostriches, zebras and the other animals surround them. It was the most surreal experience of a life time.

Next stop is the White Tigers’ enclosure. The Tigers are put in a very big place separated by a thick glass window from the audience, where the children rushed to see the white tiger cub that was outside the enclosure for everyone to photograph or give him a cuddle. That day was a lucky day for two students, where they have the opportunity to have their photo taken with a baby tiger. What an amazing experience for those who had only to see the tiger cubs from the book at the EBPP library in the village and now actually seeing one in front of them.

The sun was very hot that day but the students didn’t lose their enthusiasms to wait several minutes before the animals’ show at Hanuman Stage. There they witnessed the animals following instructions from the keeper. The show included animals such as, rangkok, hawks, owls, orang-utans and white mice. Yeni Maria, EBPP’s senior teacher, volunteered for the eagle stunt, where she bravely held a piece of meat and the eagle swooped down and snatched the meat from Yeni’s hand. The audience applauded loudly. But the most entertaining of the attractions was from the two orang-utans which were very funny and also intelligent.

Afterwards the children were ushered towards Kampung Gajah to see the elephant show. On the way there Thurston and Sande saw that the children were hot and fading from the heat and offered to buy them some ice cream. Bien sûr, the students were very excited, especially when it was the first ice cream that most EBPP children had ever seen. “What’s an ice cream?” asked one 6 year old boy. alors,,en,les élèves de Pengalusan se sont joints aux groupes et ont apprécié différents types de jeux liés avec comptage,,en,Les étudiants qui ont gagné le jeu ont reçu un éloge des étudiants Dyatmika,,en,Après trente minutes,,en,le match était terminé et a continué avec le tissage en bambou,,en,les étudiants EBPP ont montré leurs talents en bambou tissage dans des produits tels que des paniers et des steamers,,en,Même si elles sont très jeunes,,en,ils sont très talentueux dans le tissage,,en,Les étudiants de Dyatmika apprécié d'apprendre à tisser bien ils l'ont trouvé difficile, mais ils ont continué à essayer Après avoir fini avec le tissage,,en,ils ont pris la maison de produits de bambou comme l'appréciation et des étudiants grâce EBPP Pengalusan,,en,Retour au centre de bambou Daya,,en,apprécié un déjeuner ensemble et retourné à Denpasar,,en,Dans cette visite,,en,comme lors des visites annuelles précédentes depuis,,en, having to choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate was probably the biggest decision of the day for most!! After ice cream and soft drinks, the children went to the Elephants’ stage area, sitting in a crescent shaped theatre, to watch the elephants perform a drama, the players being four elephants and several Bali Safari Park trainers.

This drama tells about the conflict between humans and elephants in the wild, where the human beings had cleared the elephants’ habitats. This performance gave a clear picture to the students on the importance of maintaining environmental balance and to share with the other living beings on earth. The students really enjoyed and were amazed by the compliance of the elephants, always obeying their keepers’ directions. The children even got a chance to feed the elephants after the show; each student being given a bunch of carrots and guided to the stage to feed the elephants. One elephant even presented a garland and kissed Putu, one of the EBPP’s high school teachers. It was an experience that will never be forgotten.

The excitement had not ended yet. Two animal keepers from Bali Safari and Marine Park brought a Python and asked the students to touch and wrap the snake around their neck. After some hesitation, three of the students moved forward to have the snakes around their necks like cosy scarves.

Malheureusement, this journey has to end. Nevertheless, the students have acquired broad knowledge about animal lives and seen them in real life. Après avoir déjeuné ensemble, chaque enfant a reçu un sac de souvenirs de Bali Safari et le parc marin. Ensuite, il était temps de vous dire merci et au revoir à Thurston et Sande pour leur générosité, monter leurs bus pour la fin d'après-midi trajet de retour à la réalité. Les étudiants prendront des souvenirs à la maison sur leur merveilleux voyage à Bali Safari et le parc marin, une expérience de leur vie qu'ils ne seront jamais oublier.

Pour assurer leur bénéfice optimal, tous les enfants de plus 9 ans une rédaction d'un essai de leur expérience, détaillant le voyage, leurs sentiments et dire équipe d'éducation EBPP ce qu'ils aimeraient en savoir plus sur.

Curieux et Excited; L'étudiant est queeing pour les billets au Bali Safari & hall Marine Park

La première crème glacée délicieuse dans leur vie

Le rêve devient réalité; prendre une photo avec le bébé tigre

An elephant kiss for Putu Wijaya; one of EBPP staff. “Thank you elephant”

“Wow!! How could the elephants do that?

Brave Girl; let the python around her neck

Wonderful feeling, smooth skin and cold.

At last, lunch is here! Wonderful chicken and rice.

“Thank you, M.. Thurston, it has been very enjoyable day ever".

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