An orphanage for elephants has been set up by the department of national zoological Garden,at Pinnawala 90 Km from Colombo. It was established in 1975 and several animals brought here at the inception are now mature enough for breeding ,which is the ultimate aim of the institution. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has largest captive herd in the world.
The Pinnawala Elephant orphanage has not only got the largest captive herd of elephants in the entire world but it also has become the most successful elephant breeding center, according to reports. The elephant orphanage was established with seven orphans today has a population of sixty three.
The elephant orphanage now boast of its sixteenth birth and the second generation of births of births in captivity. It has become a major tourist attraction because of its uniqueness. This is an ideal site for photography ,research and education on elephants as the visitor is able to observe a large herd comprised of week old babies to sixty year olds.