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Elephantastic - Travel to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
Nov 25, 2013 by Paul FowlerIt's easy to be astounded when you're a youngster, but Sri Lanka blew me away in a way that few countries have since. It was my first ever trip that took me out of the continent, and the first trip that really showed me the vast, vast differences between cultures and economies around the world. As I get older and my references for comparison become broader, these kinds of eye-opening, life-changing experiences are unfortunately few and far between. So it's always with a great smile that I look back on my trip to Sri Lanka - the trip that truly made me fall in love with travel. One place that made a particular mark on me was the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. As a boy from London I'd get excited if I saw a fox in the wild, and so you can imagine my reaction to seeing real, live elephants out in the wild. In the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage you can feed baby elephants with huge milk bottles (careful, they're thirsty!), watch them roam out in the open and even wash them - all while donating to the foundation itself. The foundation was established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1975. The idea was to provide care and sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants in the wild. Most grow up to be healthy adults and live happy lives. Some, unfortunately, are released into bad situations, which is a topic under investigation.