The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage In Sri Lanka Is A Sensation.

Other Countries Can Learn From Sri Lanka The Art Of Nurturing Elephants.

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The article speaks about the maintenance of elephants in Pinawela Elephant orphanage in Pinawela in Sri Lanka. The entire orphanage is situated in a fascinating environment. Huge amount of care is taken for elephants.

Sri Lanka is known for a number of brilliant tourist destinations. While romantic couples prefer the exotic beach locations of Bentota and Beruwala. The historians prefer the historical places like Temple of Tooth at Kandy, having relics of Lord Buddha. Even the spice gardens in Kandy and Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden attract huge number of tourists. The Pinnawela Elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka is one of the brilliant destinations.

 

It is one hand an orphanage, on the other hand a captive-breeding ground and also a nursery for the elephants.

 

It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). There are almost elephants which breed in the surrounding with more than 60 female elephants and more than 40 male elephants.

 

The Pinawela Elephant Orphanage was first established in Wilpattu National Park.

Then it was transferred to Bentota. Then it was transferred to Dehiwala Zoo. Then it had been transferred to Pinawela. From 1975 onwards the elephants had not been transferred elsewhere. So Pinewale Elephant orphanage now remains the safe custody of elephants.

 

The entry tickets in the Pinawela Elephant orphanage are very expensive. The tickets are more than 750 Sri Lankan rupees per person. Children are also supposed to pay half fare.

 

Visitors are first taken to the site where the baby elephants are fed with milk. In the shed it the visitors are inclined to feed the elephants with milk then they have to pay to do the same. The milk is provided by the Orphanage. Then they are taken a site where there is a restaurant. The restaurant is situated near a river. It is called Ma Oya river. The elephants come over there to have bath. So the tourists can enjoy the lunch and at the same time see the elephants have bath. Food is expensive in Sri Lanka. There is no dish below 1000 Sri Lankan rupees. But the ambience of the hotel is very nice.

 

There are 48 mahouts who take care of the elephants in Pinnawela Elephant orphanage. The mahouts know about the problems of young elephants and wherever they get injured they take care of them. Even blind elephants and those elephants which have injured legs are taken care in the orphanage.

 

Among many other projects in Sri Lanka which impress the ecologists and the environmentalists the care given in the elephant orphanage is worth special mention.If visitors come to Sri Lanka they should definitely visit the orphanage.

Sri Lanka is known for a number of brilliant tourist destinations. While they are lush green paddy fields, there are beautiful rivers, lovely forests and tropical sea –shores.  The Pinnawela Elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka is one of the brilliant destinations.

 

It is one hand an orphanage, on the other hand a captive-breeding ground and also a nursery for the elephants. Elephants are respected a lot in entire South Asia. In India, there is separate puja done for the Elephant God that is Lord Ganesha. In fact all Gods and Goddess are worshipped after Lord Ganesha in India. Elephants are very useful animals in the world. They are used for transport. They carry heavy logs of wood and help industries. They are used for other purposes as well.

 

It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). There are almost elephants which breed in the surrounding with more than 60 female elephants and more than 40 male elephants. They are fed well, very well nurtured and given the natural surroundings where they can live peacefully.

 

The Pinawela Elephant Orphanage was first established in Wilpattu National Park. Then it was transferred to Bentota. Then it was transferred to Dehiwala Zoo. Then it had been transferred to Pinawela.

 

The entry tickets in the Pinawela Elephant orphanage are very expensive. The tickets are more than 750 Sri Lankan rupees per person. Children are also supposed to pay half fare.

 

Visitors are first taken to the site where the baby elephants are fed with milk. In the shed if the visitors are inclined to feed the elephants with milk then they have to pay to do the same. The milk is provided by the Orphanage. They are helpers and animal specialists who stay near the baby elephants to help the visitors provide milk to the elephants. There are definite timings when the elephants are supposed to be fed milk. Then they are taken to a site where there is a restaurant. The restaurant is situated near a river. It is called Ma Oya river. The elephants come over there to have bath. So the tourists can enjoy the lunch and at the same time see the elephants have bath. Generally the food timing of the elephants and the lunch timings of the visitors coincide. Food is expensive in Sri Lanka. There is no dish below 1000 Sri Lankan rupees. There is wide variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. But the ambience of the hotel is very nice.

 

There are 48 mahouts who take care of the elephants in Pinnawela Elephant orphanage. The mahouts know about the problems of young elephants and wherever they get injured they take care of them. Even blind elephants and those elephants which have injured legs are taken care in the orphanage. It requires specialization on the part of the mahouts to take care about the elephants.

 

Among many other projects in Sri Lanka which impress the ecologists and the environmentalists the care given in the elephant orphanage is worth special mention. It is a lifetime experience on the part of the visitors to see the Orphanage.

 


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  • nbillett  21-02-2017
    It is one of my dreams to see and ride an elephant one day. Sounds like the conservationists are doing a wonderful job in caring for these animals. Thanks for sharing.
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  • souvik1  05-01-2015

    Those who love elephants they will enjoy the orphanage a lot.

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