Established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphange has done an immeasurable service to conserving the elephant population in the country. The motive is to take care of the elephants that are orphaned or injured by being targets of poachers or by natural accidents/disasters.The orphanage covers an area of 25 acres and is with the Maha Oya River being well connected to the premises.
This is also a famous and heat touched tourist destination for both local and foreign tourists. The elephants are treated with proper care with a daily schedule of feeding and cleansing. The entrance tickets and handicrafts sold at the venue contribute to the expenses of maintaining the orphanage, food and medical treatment for the elephants.
One can witness the baby elephants being fed milk which is a delightful sight. The Maha Oya River is their bathing spot, where the elephants spend quite an enjoyable time relaxing and taking a fresh dip in the cooling waters. The ones that require daily medical care are properly examined and healed over a period of time. The elephants, after careful observation and testing are decided to be fit to go back to the wilderness to their natural habitat. Yet, close supervision is kept upon them to protect them from any possible harm that could come to them during the adjusting period in the jungle.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphange is an excellent example of the love of the mankind to its environment and animals.