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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Situated in the picturesque Pinnawala village, a mere 13 kilometers northeast of Kegalle town in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage stands as an extraordinary testament to captive breeding and the conservation efforts dedicated to wild Asian elephants. This remarkable institution has evolved into a sanctuary where the noble mission of nurturing and protecting these majestic creatures comes to life.

Envisioned as more than just an orphanage, Pinnawala has grown to become a vital conservation institute, contributing significantly to the preservation of the endangered Asian elephant species. Nestled within the scenic landscapes of the Sabaragamuwa Province, this haven goes beyond its role as a captive breeding ground; it serves as a living embodiment of commitment to wildlife welfare.

What sets Pinnawala apart is not only its dedication but also the sheer magnitude of its impact, boasting the largest herd of captive elephants globally. As visitors step into this haven of compassion and conservation, they are greeted by the rhythmic sounds of gentle giants, creating an immersive experience that transcends the boundaries between humans and elephants.

The sprawling grounds of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage invite exploration, offering a closer look at the daily lives of these magnificent creatures. It's a journey that not only fosters awareness about the challenges faced by Asian elephants but also underscores the importance of collective efforts in securing their future in the wild.

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