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   Elephant Conservation Project in Pinnawla

We believe that informal support for volunteers is very important. A special volunteer program is launched by HEB(Hotel elephant bay) TO ACHIEVE THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THE PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE .A standard volunteer placement is generally for a period of 3 months however placements can run for anywhere between 1 WEEK TO 16 WEEKS and all requests will be considered.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya River at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of these cases the mother had either died or been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit and in Others the mother had fallen in and died. There are only few elephant orphanages in the world. Pinnawela has now become one of the bigger orphanages and is quite well known world wide.

Our mission  
  Help the endangered pinnawala elephants by aiding in human-elephant conflict resolution and the effort to develop sustainable conservation strategies to protect elephants.  
  Location: Pinnawela, Kegalle 
Start Dates:  Any date is possible. 
Arrival and Departure Point: Colombo International Airport (both provide by the hotel) 
Language Requirement: Knowledge of English
Working Hours: 25-35 hours per week.
  Hotel stay-We welcome all guests with Sri Lankan food.
However we offer food (3) times a day.
All volunteers would have the chance to taste all Sri Lankan, western menus, Chinese, Italians food and many more.
  Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications to volunteer in elephant conservation projects. But, volunteers should have a deep love for animals.  
  Elephant Orphanage.  
  You will work as assistants to the "mahouts" (elephant handlers), getting involved in the following tasks:  
  Work on a tough, physical research project.  
  Interact with the local community.  
  Learn about Asian elephants.  
  Bathing the elephants in the river twice a day.  
  Cleaning out and maintaining their enclosures in the morning.  
  Washing and feeding the baby elephants.other assistance in construction or maintenance work (as needed)  
  Education about elephants  
  When you visit the hotel you will be shown through our museum which is a compilation of displays produced by us. Amongst our exhibits there is information about our Mobile Veterinary Unit, Asian elephants. A real life elephant skeleton. Detail analysis of pressure points and how a mahout controls an elephant. Photo gallery of elephants (mate, give, birth, types of food it consumes and registrations of elephants in the orphanage). This is the only educational resource of its kind in Sri Lanka only at pinnawala Poo paper Park  
  Pinnawala elephant roo poo paper  
  We also host a small workshop of converting elephant poo in to paper. This is 100% an organic, acid free and papyrus like paper. Volunteers can take part in making their own hand made paper and converting them to beautiful products like bookmarks, greeting cards; Note card and etc. (grab some tips off with talented paper artists).  
Price in pounds  
  One week stay- £. 400/=  
  Two week stay- £. 700/=  
  Three week stay- £. 950/=  
  One month- -   £. 1200/=  
  What’s included?  
• Accommodation • Full return transfer to the air port
• Food • Local in-country team support and backup
• Meeting you at the Airport • 24-hr emergency support
• Transfer to our hotel • Two free T-shirts.
  What’s not included?  
• Flights  
• Insurance  
• Cost of Vissa  
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