PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPANAGE is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. It 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.
Elephants river bathing
The highlight of a visit to Pinnawala is to watch the herd of elephants walked through the town and down to the river. This is done twice a day, morning and afternoon. In Norlanka Travels´round tours this is included when visiting the orphanage.
There is also possible to bottle feed baby elephants at an extra charge.