When we started our company in 2016 we had one mission: to be the best place for captive elephants in Sri Lanka.
No riding and no tricks - unlike many other organizations. The Sanctuary does NOT allow elephant riding
Elephants are our top priority and we give them the best life we can. Our elephants can roam wherever they want and do whatever they like, The Sanctuary is their home! They are not pets so we will never treat them like pets. We will always aim to do what is in the best interest of the elephants.
Sadly, we are one of the very few with this ethos. Elephants - and all animals - deserve so much better!
Captive elephants in Sri Lanka are being held in places like temples, the zoo, and unethical tourist places like the many elephant riding places. Usually elephants are not allowed to play, have to work seven days a week, do not have access to drinking water, and when they are not working they are chained to a tree with no space to move.
We strongly believe there is need for a place in Sri Lanka where these poor elephants can just be elephants, without being harmed or made to perform for tourists. There is need for us, there is need for The Sanctuary.
We offer a truly great place for captive elephants to live. Experience domestic elephants in a non-touristy, intimate, friendly, and homely setting.