Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

20 April 2007

For our Wattegama children who remained at the home during their April school break, among other activities we organized a trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a refuge for wild elephants who have been injured or whose natural environment has been too much encroached on.  Pinnawala is a large zoo-like environment in beautiful surrounds, and the favourite event is to watch the elephants march to their daily bath in the river.

Our Day

Our children left Wattegama by bus in the morning, eating a special breakfast on the way, and otherwise singing non-stop.  After the two-hour ride to Pinnewala, the children wandered the facility and watched the elephants bathe.  In the afternoon, they piled back on the bus to Wattegama, stopping half-way at the beautiful grounds of Peradeniya University where they enjoyed a special lunch and a walk around the campus.
Thanks to Mr. Rusi Captain, our dear friend right here in Sri Lanka, for providing this special day for us, one of the many joys he has given to us!

Nilanthika, Malkanthi, Niluka, Deepthi, Anoja, Indika

Elephants, bathing in the river

Nimali, Chamalika, Chaturika, Nilanthika

Anoja, Indika, Malkanthi, Chaturika, Chamali, Nimali, Nilanthika, Harshani

Lunch time on Peradeniya University grounds

Susima and Nimali at Peradeniya U. grounds

Malkanthi and Anandi on the bus ride home
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