Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Sri Lanka
Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is the place that you can see the most number of elephants in one place. Yes, it is the most simple fact about it. But actually it is the largest heard of the captive elephants in the world.
The Pinnawala elephant orphanage is not a place that uses these elephants for circus or elephant rides or any sort of abuse. These elephants are taken to captivity to save their lives and keep them away from the danger.
It started by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in the year 1975, to take care and protect orphaned baby elephants.
Why you should visit Pinnawala Orphanage?
Sri Lanka is one of the top countries that suffer from human and elephant conflict. Those villages that bordered to the forests often get attacked by wild elephants. So sometimes villagers shoot at them and try many different things to stop them from coming inside the village. As of these activities, some baby elephants get orphaned and some other elephants get injured or disabled. While the government tries to minimize these conflicts, establishing the Pinnawala elephant orphanage is one of the biggest things that done for the wellbeing of this innocent wildlife.
We have seen some people are encouraging visitors not to visit this place as they see some chained or caged elephants. You can read this article about that. It’s true that some elephants are chained or caged, but it is not to hurt them. An orphanage can’t let them move freely when they were in their heat period. At that heat period, elephants get very very aggressive and even they attack their own heard. As I mentioned above none of these were taken to the orphanage without a reason. So orphanage can’t simply escape them to a jungle.
If you visit Pinnawala you will see, many elephants with disabilities. Some are blind, lost their legs for mines and some are with bullet holes. Every visitor who visits Pinnawala is a donator for these elephants. If this place never exists, all these elephants may have already faced a tragedic death.
How to visit Pinnawala?
It is located 90 Km away from Colombo capital city. You can visit it on your way to Kandy city. It opens for tourists every day at 8.30 A.m. to 17.30. And you can purchase the ticket at the entrance. In there you can join with the activities like feeding baby elephants with milk bottles and adult elephants with fruit baskets. Also if you wish, you can join bathing them in the river.
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