Established in 1975 with five orphaned elephants in an area of 25 acres ofland at Pinnawala, a village in the Kegalle District, the Pinnawala ElephantOrphanage is the only orphanage of elephants which cares for the world’slargest herd of captive elephants that accounts for nearly 90 orphans.The orphanage which serves as a conservation and breeding centre as well as aplace of informal education on elephants and their conservation is a world famousattraction due to its unique way of maintaining such a large free herd of jumbos.The orphanage is a worth-seeing place for anyone into these pachyderms, their conservationand ecotourism. Visitors have opportunity not only to observe the entire herd bathing in theMa-Oya River but also to feed them with fruits and milk.
Time Table of the Activities
-09.15 a.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
-10.00 a.m. - Parade to the river
-12.00 noon - Herd returns from the river
-01.15 p.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
-02.00 p.m. - Parade to the river-05.00 p.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants Entrance Fee -Same as of the Colombo Zoo
Volunteer Programmes - Same as at the Colombo ZooThe Elephant Orphanage is open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on all days of the year.