Millennium Elephant Foundation

The Millennium Elephant Foundation is situated on a 15 acre estate known as Samaragiri, which has been home to the Samarasinghe family for many generations.


The MEF has developed project "2000 and beyond" with the aim to promote conservation through the following key areas:

· Good Health

The MEF and WSPA have worked closely together to develop the first Mobile Veterinary Unit in Sri Lanka. The unit travels through out Sri Lanka administering treatment to any needy elephant.

· Compassionate Ownership

At the MEF we believe that the elephant owners are ultimately responsible for the welfare of their animals. Therefore we want owners to unite and help to create a "Compassionate Ownership Charter" to aid the conservation of these revered and most wonderful creatures.

· Education

At the MEF we believe that education holds the key to sustaining and developing the well being of the Sri Lankan elephant. Through our Volunteer Project we hope to develop outreach education programs aimed at those who work, own or live around the elephants. Further plans are in the pipeline to develop a study facility linked to the Veterinary faculty at the University of Peradeniya.

· Entrance Fee

In the past the MEF has received some financial support from WSPA. This was primarily used to establish our Mobile Veterinary Unit and assist with veterinary costs. Now the MEF relies on the support of its members and voluntary contributions to continue with its ongoing work. When you visit the MEF, you come with the knowledge that your entrance fee goes towards the daily running costs and upkeep of the elephants.

What we offer at the MEF

· Wash and feed the elephants
· For the adventurous you can take and elephant shower
· Elephant safaris around the estate
· Experienced multilingual guides are on hand to answer any questions you may have
· On-site museum
· Refreshments and film
· Dining facilities both on-site at the deck overlooking the river where the elephants bath, or at the Club Concept restaurant located opposite the MEF
· Or just sit back and relax and spend as much time as you like watching the elephants

All activities here at the MEF are closely supervised to ensure visitor safety and to ensure no harm or stress is placed on the elephants. Not all elephants are owned by MEF and so the number of elephants housed at the Foundation can change throughout the year.

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