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Pinnawala Elephant Opharnage

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of   Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at   Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection   to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of   these cases the mother had either died or been killed. In some instances the   baby had fallen into a pit and in others the mother had fallen in and died.   Initially this orphanage was at the Wilpattu National Park, then shifted to the   tourist complex at Bentota and then to the Dehiwala Zoo.