Welcome to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO) ; just as the name suggests holds a unique disposition in the ex-situ animal care. It’s success and fame has travelled not just within the country but throughout the world to an extent where Pinnawala synonymous with the Sri Lankan Elephant.
Currently being a home to 93 elephants. The concept was actualized by the late Hon. Minister Kalugalle on the 16th of February 1975. Pinnawala at the time was a very remote area with lush coconut plantations and most importantly an area where the availability of mahouts was not lacking. Also the immense amount of water required by the elephants is supplemented with the availability of “Ma oya” running close by.
With the cultural background of treating human and animal alike in their distress Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage started off with the introduction of five abandoned baby elephants to the premises. They were namely Vijaya, Neela, Kadira , Mathlee and Kumari. The tragedy with these misplaced or abandoned babies elephants is that they cannot survive in the wild on their own as they suckle form their mother until they are almost five years old. They hence need to be hand raised for their survival.
This institution caters not only for the abandoned baby elephants but also for those injured and maimed within the jungle. We employ the expertise of both modern veterinary and traditional indigenous medical treatment to cater to these elephants needs.
Currently PEO has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the country due to its distinctive population of elephants.
Your participation in the A.D.O.P.T. Program helps offset the annual cost of caring for the Zoo’s animals and supports animal conservation.