This truly is an unforgettable elephant experience! The sight of over 80 elephants roaming around, rubbing themselves against trees and playing together will remain etched in your memory for the rest of your life.The Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for retired, abused or orphaned elephants.
Also available as a summer placement or a short break activity.
This project is an elephant experience, rather than elephant conservation ... There are a few elements combined on this programme, making it a very interesting, varied and satisfying project.
You’ll participate in the following: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department.
Today Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is under the Department of National Zoological Gardens and provides home to approx 90 orphaned elephants.
There are a few elements combined on this programme, making it a very interesting, varied and satisfying project, including working at another Elephant Sanctuary and assisting in teaching monks and disadvantaged children at a local school.
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
The Orphanage receives lots of tourists each day As most of the elephants are not particularly tame, the majority of your work is more ‘behind-the-scenes’ than it is ‘hands-on’ with the elephants themselves, although you will have the opportunity to do some hands-on work.
The daily highlight is the walk from the Orphanage to take the herd down to the river so that they can bathe.
It's amazing to watch an entire herd splashing around and rolling in the river, just a few feet in front of you!