Visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation and spend a few hours with an expert to learn, care for and walk with its residents.
MEF’s aim is to constantly develop the care, safeguarding and treatment of captive elephants in Sri Lanka by providing a refuge with appropriate amenities and facilities. In the on-site museum realise the complex history between Sri Lanka and its elephants. Many still live in captivity in poor conditions, however, the foundation’s elephants are well provided for. Help prepare and administer fruit, vitamins and medicines and, under the watchful eye of its mahout, walk through the grounds alongside a majestic resident. To chat more about the foundation’s project work and elephant behaviour, opt for a traditional lunch and visit the paper factory!
After many years volunteering at MEF your host is very educated on the complex issue of elephant conservation within Sri Lanka. The foundation itself offers all medical care, regular exercise, food, a separate mahout and team of volunteers for its residents. Here, they are fighting for their elephants’ rights as many in captivity still have owners who can still ultimately determine their treatment despite living at the foundation.