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pinawela elephant orphange

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pinawela elephant orphange

I'm travelling to Sri Lanka in October and planning excursions. Love animals/wildlife and thinking of visiting elephants. Have heard conflicting views, some saying it is not well ran, elephants not looked after properly, all about making money now etc. Others have said lovely experience. Has anyone been recently? What is your experience? I don't want to end up feeling upset by ill treatment of animals!!

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21. Re: pinawela elephant orphange

Thank you for posting this Shawn. That is another shocking example of what goes on there.

I cannot understand why some people try to defend this business. My visit and report was more than a year after the Born Free report. Nothing has changed.

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i think its only because they have no idea whats going on.

i have to confess, i had no idea either, intact, in some of the old topics few years ago, i would proudly post my video of Pinnawala and encourage everyone to go see, and then someone in sri lanka sent me a few articles on the management and the cruelty that was going in there... after speaking to a few people i realized it was all true, i never went to pinnawala again

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Hi all,

It is really sad to read of the mistreatment of these beautiful animals. Can anyone tell me if the Millenium Elephant Foundation up the road from Pinawela treat there elephants better? We are going to Sri lanka in September and i would like to visit the elephants but not if they are being mistreated. We are visiting Udawalawe during our trip so i wonder wether we should just wait till then to see the elephants?

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24. Re: pinawela elephant orphange

MEF has a better reputation, so might make more sense. Also closer contact with the animals - but if you like to see groups less 'spectacular' as it only has a few jumbos.

Seeing them in the wild, and in UW you may be lucky to see large herds, beats all for us.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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