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Pinnawela – The Elephant Experience

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A trip to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – home to the largest herd of elephants in captivity in the world – conveys a heartening success story of nurturing old, rescued or injured elephants. The 24-acre orphanage is located in Rambukkana, northwest of the town Kegalla, halfway between Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. Established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department, the orphanage is also a successful breeding place for elephants.