Elephant Orphanage

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Pinnawala., Colombo, Sri Lanka

Elephant Orphanage Colombo Reviews

timtang timtang
7 reviews
Elephant Orphanage Camp Jun 25, 2009
Animals are in good condition, lovely people, they treat the animals very good
taking a bath with my BIG friends
elephant ride was fabulous!
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EmileG EmileG
4 reviews
Jan 27, 2008
One of the most unique places to visit is the Elephant Orphanage, If you visit Sri Lanka it is a must, that you have this experience. Pinnawela orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfways between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. Currently you will find over 75 elephants in the orphanage.

The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of these cases the mother had either died or had been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit and in others the mother had fallen in and died. Initially this orphanage was at the Wilpattu National Park, then shifted to the tourist complex at Bentota and then to the Dehiwala Zoo.

From the Dehiwala Zoo it was shifted 1975 to Pinnawela. At the time it was shifted the orphanage had five baby elephants which formed its nucleus. It was hoped that this facility would attract both local and foreign visitors, the income from which would help to maintain the orphanage.

There are only a few elephant orphanages in the world. Pinnawela has now become one of the bigger orphanages and is quite well known worldwide.
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