The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka resides at the northwest of the town of Kegalle, about halfway between the current capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy. The orphangae was founded by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department in 1975 in a 25 acre coconut property adjacent to the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally built in order to provide care and protection for the numerous orphaned Elephants found in the Sri Lanka jungles. (photos by Saman527)
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA – APRIL 13: Sri Lankan traditional handcrafted goods for sale in a shop on April 13, 2016 in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA JULY 26: Sri Lankan traditional handcrafted goods for sale in a shop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka on 26th July, 2014.
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA MAY 03 2015: Sri Lankan traditional handicraft goods and canvas paintings for sale in a shop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka on 03rd May, 2015
Direction Sign Board At Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka. Pinnawala Is An Orphanage, Nursery And Captive Breeding Ground For Wild Asian Elephants
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA – DECEMBER 04: Orphaned baby elephant being feed with milk at Pinnawala elephant orphanage On December 04, 2016 In Rambukkana, Sri Lanka
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA – JANUARY 23: Orphaned baby elephant being fed with milk at Pinnawala elephant orphanage On January 23, 2017 In Rambukkana, Sri Lanka
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA JANUARY 10: Sign board of sitemap guide to Pinnawala elephant orphanage at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka on 10th January, 2015
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA ?? DECEMBER 03: Captive Elephants At Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on December 03, 2016 at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka
PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA ?? DECEMBER 03: Visitors taking photographs of the elephants during river bath at Pinnawala elephant orphanage on December 03, 2016 in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Endemic Leopard At Pinnawala Open Air Zoo. The Population Of Sri Lankan Leopard Is Believed To Be Declining Due To Numerous Threats And No Subpopulation Is Larger Than 250 Individuals
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, An Orphanage, Nursery And Captive Breeding Ground For Wild Asian Elephants
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – A Mammoth Step
By Pushpitha Wijesinghe
On the way to Sri Lanka’s kingdom in the hills is a home for the majestic mammal, the elephant. The road to the orphanage is covered in shrubs and trees, giving the area a jungle like atmosphere, suitable for the indigenous Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas Maximus Maximus). Most elephant species are now extinct and the orphanage in Sri Lanka is highly acclaimed the world over for its commitment to the preservation of the species.
Asian culture recognizes elephants as intelligent, emotional and to possess an impeccable memory. They play a pivotal role in Sri Lankan traditions, being a part of ceremonies, processions and cultural festivals. A number of ornate and highly adorned elephants are a definite inclusion in the renowned ‘Kandy Perahera’ and other religious processions in the country.
The orphanage is administered by the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka which also functions as a breeding ground for the large land mammal. Orphaned baby elephants found in the jungles too are taken under their caring wing and protected. The elephants are free to roam about in the spacious grounds of the orphanage and are well fed and cared for by the mahouts and volunteers. Large quantities of green manure, coconut leaves, jak fruit, tamarind, kitul (a local palm) leaves, maize and rice bran are fed to them in their stalls. Both foreign and local guests particularly enjoy interacting with the friendly animals as they gracefully ramble to the banks of the Maha Oya River twice a day, to quench their thirst and bathe. It’s a heavenly habitat for the descendants of the mammoth even though it is not quite the same as their natural life cycle.
Being one of the foremost elephant conservation projects in the world, a visit to the tiny island must be coupled with a visit to the orphanage. Sri Lanka travel is now a breeze with the emergence of Sri Lanka car rental services.
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