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The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage has become one of Sri Lanka's most popular tourist attractions. Set up by the government in 1975, Pinnawela's population has now grown to around 80, making it the largest collection of captive elephants in the world.
The elephants here include those orphaned, abandoned or injured in the wild, as well as new arrivals born in captivity and they range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs. The most popular time for visitors coincides with feeding, which happens 3 times a day, and there is also the chance to accompany the elephants down to the river for bathing.