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Elephant Orphanage

By cats_123  
Going for the aaaaawwwwwhhhh factor.

HISTORY
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of these cases the mother had either died or been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit and in others the mother had fallen in and died. Initially this orphanage was at the Wilpattu National Park, then shifted to the tourist complex at Bentota and then to the Dehiwala Zoo.

From the Dehiwala Zoo it was shifted 1975 to Pinnawela. At the time it was shifted the orphanage had five baby elephants which formed its nucleus. It was hoped that this facility would attract both local and foreign visitors, the income from which would help to maintain the orphanage.

There are only a few elephant orphanages in the world. Pinnawela has now become one of the bigger orphanages and is quite well known world wide.
DAILY ACTIVITIES
At Pinnawela an attempt was made to simulate, in a limited way, the conditions in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure allowed to form.

08.00 The babies are fed on milk in the mornings and allowed to range freely on the 12 acres large grassland.

10.00 Each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath.

Between 16.30 and 18.00 in the evening the animals are taken to their stalls and tethered for the night.

They are then given their evening feed which is milk again for the babies and leaves for the older ones.

(extracted from srilanka.com)

On the day of our visit the river was too swollen for the elephants to bathe, so they were making use of a mud bath nearby.
Fascinating to be able to get so close but they are still `wild' animals and even the babies weigh several tons.

f4.5 - ISO 80 - 1/160 Aperture priority

Tags: Baby Sri lanka Mud bath Landscape and travel Elephant orphanage Wildlife and nature Pinnewela Kegalle

Voters: jdenman, AlanBW, crookymonsta and 19 more


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Comments


jdenman 8 18 5 Spain
28 Nov 2008 10:23AM
Very intersting info, they do a great job.
Super image.
John

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AlanBW 10 20 England
28 Nov 2008 10:26AM
Charming image and a great narrative
28 Nov 2008 1:15PM
Great shot
Gets the ah vote, great capture
Christine
28 Nov 2008 1:56PM
Superb.
A real delight! JNC
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
28 Nov 2008 3:53PM
Fantastic shot and words.
Bob
digiray63 9 4 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2008 10:23PM
Great shot and very interesting info.
Ray
29 Nov 2008 11:28AM
Yoou are getting my aw vote! I love elephants and love your narrative of the great work this place does. More power to their elbow!
mrjt 10 United Kingdom
25 May 2010 2:47PM
This is a great picture,
21 Sep 2010 1:43AM
Fabulous shot cats superb composure beautiful colour !!!

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