Sri Lanka Experiences - Milennium Elephant Foundation
Rambukkana, Close to Kandy
Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is an organization and charity set up to rescue and care for captive Asian elephants in Sri Lanka. The foundation is situated on a 15 acre estate. As of 2019 there are 10 elephants that either permanently or temporarily resides at the sanctuary. These elephants are taken care of by 13 local mahouts and a number of foreign volunteers.
The foundation is funded predominantly by tourists and volunteer fees. This money is used to develop and improve conditions for the elephants at MEF, as well as run an education program for farmers and their families. Tourists can observe and ride the elephants at MEF as well as assist with their daily washing in the Kuda Oya River that runs through the grounds. The funds generated from both visitors and volunteers are used to maintain the elephant’s well-being, and to enable the care and rescue of more captive elephants.