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The Elephant Orphanage

Established in 1975 with five orphaned elephant in an area of 25 acres of land at Pinnawela, a village in the Kegalle District, the Pinnawela elephant orphanage is the only orphanage of elephant which cares for the world’s largest herd of captive elephants that accounts for nearly 90 orphans. The orphanage which serves as a conservation and breeding centre as well as a place of informal education on elephants and their conservation is a world famous attraction due to its unique way of maintaining such a large free herd of jumbos. The orphanage is a worth-seeing place for anyone into these pachyderms, their conservation and ecotourism. Visitors have opportunity not only to observe the entire herd bathing in the nearby river but also to feed them with fruits and milk.

Time Table of activities

09.15 am - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
10.00 am - Parade to river
12.00 noon - Herd return from the river
01.15 pm - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
02.00 pm - Parade to river
04.00 pm - Herd return from the river and fruit feeding
05.00 pm - Bottle feeding baby elephants
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