So far so good. Staying for 4days with the animal trainers in Zoo Negara, I've learned a lot from them. Well, the daily schedule is like this: 7:00 get up 8:00 Breakfast in the zoo 8:15 Health check and cleaning the cages 10:00 Break 10:30 Prepare for the show 11:00 Show 12:00 Photo Corner(a service for taking photo with the Orang Utans) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Training animals, prepare for the show 15:00 Show 16:00 Clean the cages 17;00 Go home
And this zoo opens at night too. The schedule at night was like this: 19:00 Night Zoo opens 20:00 Prepare for the show 20:30 Night show I don't know the schedule after this because I haven't seen everything.
The animals kept in Animal Show section is below: Macows&Cockatoos, a hornbil, 3 orang utans and a sea lion (for morning & afternoon show) Owls, 2 raccoons and 2 otters (for night show) Eagles, 3 baby macaques, and a gibbon (under training)
Things I'm doing here is that I help cleaning the cages, ask some questions to the trainers, take the orang utans to the Phot Corner, and all the other time I'm like a toy for the animal trainers!! Well, people in Malasia are very easygoing and friendly, so most of the time between their work, they often smoke, chat wasting their time. They speak something about me in Malay language, sometimes talk to me in English, and again say something in Malay and laugh laugh laugh!! I really enjoy being with them. I'm happy they seem to like me.
Well, the language difference is not much problem so far. I use English of course, but some of the trainers doesn't speak English so well, so we just use very simple English. And there is a guy probably as young as me who speaks quite good English, so he sometimes translate my English for the other trainers. I also try a bit of Malay language. People teach me their language. I'm enjoying it.
A lot of things they taught me. The most interesting thing was the big difference in training the orang utans and the macows. You must be very strict to the orang utans because they are wise enough to think why they were scolded. They won't listen to human unless they always keep in mind "humans are always stronger" On the other hand, you must not be too strict to the birds. They don't understand why they were scolded, just be scared and won't listen to the trainers. So they just hit the birds slightly on the head when scolding them. One thing always in common is that they let the animals listen to human by giving food to them. Animals would listen to human when they want food. So, the trainers don't give food to animals before they train them. They have to make them hungry before training or show.
Now that I've learned the basic things to train animals, I'd like to practice by my own hands. They said they would prepare for my practicing with the macows by the time I come next time, so I will come here again in a few days.
Tomorrow, Mr.Tony will come back from Singapore, so I will move to the Ostraich Park where Mr.Tony and I will stay until the last day.