The Pinnawela Orphanage has been both an orphanage and breeding ground for wild elephants from the year 1975. Currently, there are some 100 elephants here, well accustomed to their curious human visitors. Although the orphanage simulates a natural habitat for the elephants, they are taken twice a day to the Maha Oya for baths, and all the baby calves below 3 years of age, are still bottle fed.
Bathing and feeding times are very popular with visitors as they are able to help with the feeding and watch the jumbos frolic in water. Usual bathing hours are 10am and 2pm, and feeding times are about an hour earlier.
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