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Chamara Samitha Nanayakkara
April 24, 2012
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is
an orphanage, nursery and captive
breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located
atPinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of Kegalle town
in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri
Lanka. Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations,
living in Pinnawala.
The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was
established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC).
The Millennium Elephant Foundation is a separate registered private charity organization which is a retirement home for 7 elephants and a tourist attraction.
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