Elephants in Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka 28 Jul 2017
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Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka is one of the best places to see elephants in the wild. The park occupies 30,821 hectares of land. These majestic animals are important for Sri Lanka in cultural and religious ways. They also bring large numbers of tourists to the country.
Measures are taken to protect them and keep them thriving in the south eastern National Parks. At the southern end of Udawalawe is the Elephant Transit Home. This serves as a temporary home for young elephants orphaned in the wild. Unlike other elephant orphanages in Sri Lanka, most are released into the park to fend for themselves at the age of 5.
For a unique experience, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on Insight Guides' Sri Lanka Family Adventure, or take a jeep safari to see them in the wild at Kaudulla National Park on Insight Guides' Sri Lanka: Culture and Coast holiday.
This article was originally published on 25 November, 2015