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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage



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The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a 25 acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala town, 13 km northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka.

The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. At Pinnawela an attempt was made to simulate, in a limited way, the conditions in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure allowed to form.

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. In 1978 the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens from the Department of Wildlife and a captive breeding program launched in 1982.

In the every morning the baby elephants are fed on milk in the mornings and allowed to range freely on the 12 acres large grassland. And each morning and afternoon the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath. In the evening the animals are taken to their stalls and tethered for the night.


Province: Sabaragamuwa

Route Map

Source: Colombo, Sri Lanka Destination: Rambukkana, Sri Lanka

Routes: By Bus ( A1 )

Colombo → Nittambuwe → Kegalle → Rambukkana

Distance from Colombo

Distance (km): 92 Km. Distance (mile): 57 Miles.

Travel Time: 2.15 hours Driving Directions: See on Google Location map

Routes: By Train

Colombo → Veyangoda → Ambepussa → Rambukkana

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