Hi dear Flickr friends! I'm back from Sri Lanka (and freezing at 20C in Yerevan)! It's great to see your wonderful posts again and I was excited to read your welcomes! THANK YOU!
Well, it was an incredible trip! And as you remember, my primary purpose was not only to see the country, but to meet real elephants. I DID! Not only I saw them, but I had a chance to feed a pregnant one and ride on a giant male elephant! So, my first photo from Lanka is all about elephants. I'll have many more photos of this incredibly beautiful and clever animals, and hope not to get you bored. You'll also see photo-coverage of Colombo, Negombo, Sigiriya, Kendy, Dambulla and many more beautiful places!
This photo was taken at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawala is
notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.
In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females
from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.
The orphanage was originally founded (1975) in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. Twice a day all elephants pass through the city and head to the river for the daily swim. Then they go back to the territory of the nursery to eat and rest. Mostly they're free to wander around, except for the males, which are at time of feeding tied in special places to avoid fights with other male elephants. You can see them as close as you wish, pet them, take photos, and even buy a basket of fruit (which I did, of course!) or bottle of milk to feed them. There were a lot of funny little ones in this herd.
Thanks for your visit and have a great day!