Millennium Elephant Foundation, Kegalle

#3 of 13 in Wildlife in Sabaragamuwa Province
Take a walk with elephants at Millennium Elephant Foundation, a 6 hectare (15 acre) rescue and rehabilitation center dedicated to caring for these majestic creatures. Captive elephants in Sri Lanka are common--they're often not only used as a sign of wealth and as tourist attractions, but also as labor for the logging industry. This foundation raises awareness about elephant mistreatment and promotes the phasing out of elephant rides and the ban of Howdah elephant chairs. After a stroll with these mighty creatures, help an elephant relax in a refreshing river bath. Volunteers as well as tourists are welcome at the foundation. Put Millennium Elephant Foundation on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kegalle trip planner.
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  • Very nice, well-kept facility, which you can definitely recommend. In the small museum through which one is guided at the beginning of the visit, one learns a lot of interesting things about the Sri Lankan elephants. Mr. Podi, our guide was very nice, knows each other very well and explained everything in good English. Walking with the elephant through the grounds and the subsequent bath in the river, one gets very close to the thick-skinned, a really impressive experience The former working elephant is doing very well here. They don't wear chains and the mahouts are very careful with the ancus (elephant hook) and are increasingly moving on to using just a simple wooden stick and voice commands to guide the animals. They are not tormented in any way. The only drop of wistfulness in the complex is that guests are still allowed to ride on the elephant at their express request. However, without a frame only on a ceiling and only a very short distance of about 50 meters. However, horseback riding is no longer actively offered and the staff tries to convince all guests to do the walk with the elephants. However, riding also brings money that they urgently need for feeding and caring for the animals, and that is why they do not want to categorically ban it. In the Dung Paper Factory, which is right next to the Millennium Elephant Foundation, you can see how elephant poo paper is made and there are great souvenirs and beautiful elephant postcards to buy. If someone wants to have an even more intense elephant experience, you can also stay in the bungalows in the complex and immediately after waking up to say hello to the grey giants All in all, the Millenium Elephant Foundation is a sensible project for old and sick Arbets elephants to a pleasant evening of life.
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  • We were unsure before arriving if it would match our ethics on treating animals; we came away feeling so happy that these amazing creatures were in such a caring place. They do allow elephant rides bu...  more »
  • If you want to ride the elephant and see this beautiful animals this is a place to be! It is made to protect and to cure injured elephants that can't live in wild life. The persons are work here trying to do their best to make animals happy. Also there is an old but very nice house on the hill. The owner of this place still lives in it but you free to come in and look around. More to add, this place has it's own volunteer program to help look after the elephants.
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