Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegelle, halfway between the present Capital Colombo amd the ancient royal residence Kandy. It was well-known in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department in a 25 acre coconut property next to the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was at first founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. In the year 1978 the orphanage was taken over by the National Zoological plant enclosures from the Department of Wildlife. And the elephants at the orphanage aren’t subjected to any form of stress, abuse or threat at all and are supported by a team of employees numbering to over 100 including a group of mahouts. The main aim of this orphanage is to stimulate a natural habitat to these elephants.

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