The World’s only Orphange for Homeless Elephants, Pinnawala, Kegalle

The Pinnawala elephant orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Young elephants sometimes fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. Other orphans have been displaced from their wild habitat by development projects or have been found abandoned before weaning, diseased or wounded.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with a chance to observe and even interact with elephants.


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