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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Rambukkana, Sri Lanka

An orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka, is a safe haven for many of these gentle giants. Established by the Department of Wildlife in 1975 to combat the loss of these creatures due to human encroachment, deforestation and fragmentation of herds, the orphanage is a lush sanctuary where they are free to roam. Twice a day, visitors are welcome to view feeding and bathing times as these magnificent animals get some much-deserved pampering.

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