The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, midway between the cities of Colombo and Kandy, there is a very peculiar orphanage: the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Since 1975 this orphanage collects elephants found abandoned across the country.

Elephants bathing, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka.

Most of the time the baby elephants are found alone because their mother died or because they lost contact with the herd. In other cases are found, still alive, in the traps made by farmers to protect their crops. Over time the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage begun to treat also the sick or injured adult elephants.

 

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Kegalle, Maha Oya, Sri Lanka.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

Mahouts – people who take care of the elephants – take the elephants, twice a day, to the nearby river Maha Oya for a bath. This is a real highlight for tourists that can witness the spectacle of elephants splashing in the water.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Kegalle, Maha Oya, Sri Lanka.

I took these pictures 4 years ago. In Kegalle I lived very close to the orphanage, in the guesthouse of a friend of mine: the Lakniwasa, a simple but nice place overlooking the rice paddies.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Kegalle, Maha Oya, Sri Lanka.

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One Response to “The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.”

  1. JF

    Reblogged this on closetoeighty and commented:
    In my exploring Antonio Violi Photography I found this post.
    Hope you’ll enjoy is. Thank you, Antonio!

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