The most famous animal in Sri Lanka is definitely the elephant! You can see pachyderms all around the island, either in a national park like Minneriya or Udawalawe, or in a Buddhist temple like Gangarama in Colombo. In such places, you don’t really get a chance to see them closely or even touch them. This amazing experience is possible atMillennium Elephant foundation Sri Lanka. This foundation has been created in 1999 in order to take care of captive elephants and provide them appropriate treatment when it’s necessary. Based on donations, this foundation is managed by animal lovers and specialists. With 8 permanent residents, they need about 7000rs / day / animal to feed them and take care of them. Each elephant has its own Mahout taking care of him and bringing him around for a walk.
Getting a shower by elephant in sri-lanka
Throughout the year, volunteers are welcome to participate and help, staying from a week to few months at the foundation. It is a great opportunity to learn about this animal, and collect every day its poop! The volunteers as well as the permanent staff are regularly involved in outstation missions, when people are calling them for emergency: a train accident involving an elephant, an injured animal etc. They are working hard on the Human Elephant conflict in order to teach the population on how to prevent animals’ incursions and how to react in front of them.
Getting back to the experience of seeing closelyelephants in Sri Lanka, we definitely advise you to stop at MEF on your way between Colombo and Kandy. You will get the chance to go on a ride, touching the elephant’s soft skin and get down to the river with them. It can be a bit wet! But what a great feeling to communicate with a pachyderm. A small museum gives you explanation about elephants and the dangers they are facing.
Visit the foundation; it’s a great moment out of time and a way to support a good cause!