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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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2.8/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and witness the daily life of its pachyderm residents. Meet the rescued or abandoned elephants of all ages, see them play and bathe in the river, and watch the youngest of the herd being bottle-fed. You can help wash an elephant, feed them their daily fruit portions, or take photos with them, but a tip for their carer will probably be expected. Plan your visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Pinnawala tour planner.
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  • Good to see an elephant orphanage for baby elephants well be rejected. We have seen how one gives them the bottle and how they just across the street were allowed to bathe in the river. I was invited to join the elephant on the picture. afterwards equal to money asked
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  • We arrived for the 9am feeding time. The place is nicely set out with a good viewing platform. The baby elephants are then let in and charge to the feeding station trumpeting loudly with excitement, h...  read more »
  • We chose to come to the Orphanage as we thought the elephants were allowed to be free and humans were only allowed to observe them- not ride or feed them. When we first walked in, the elephants weren'...  read more »
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is anorphanage, nursery and captive breedingground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 39 males and 49 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation(DWC).
  • This is NOT a real orphanage and the animals are terribly mistreated. If you truly care about wildlife you won't go here. Fortunately there is a TRUE orphanage outside of Udawalawe National Park! Here you can see proper care and feeding of the babies. You can find more info via the Born Free Foundation's website or by googling 'Elephant Transit Home'. Please do your research before taking part in any animal related activity during your travels.
  • It's quite a nice place to go to whilst at Sri Lanka. You're able to get up close and feed or pat the elephants, as well as seeing the babies being fed milk. It'll be hot whilst you're there, so make sure to have plenty of water & protection.
  • I visited this orphanage in May 2016. My first impressions were not good. A few reasons for this 1. They charged foreigners 25X what they charge locals 2. The staff are rude and insist you give them tips after you have already paid to come in 3. This is no elephant orphanage at all. The elephants are in chains, they are constantly prodded and made to fear the staff. This is a money making machine with an ethical title to legitimize the business. If they truly wanted to have an orphanage then maybe they should have them in a national park environment instead of chains. Very disappointing..
  • If you don't like elephants, don't go. Because this place is full of elephants. You can talk tons of pictures of elephants. You can feed the baby elephants. So much fun.
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