Sandamali was rescued from Handapanagala in Wellawaya secretarial division. Handapanagala means “the rock which brightens with moonlight”. In the past this area had been a popular tourist site owing to its scenic beauty created by a combination of rock formations, wide reservoir and dense forest, plus hundreds of elephants.
Bullet was just three or four months old when ETH became his home. He was from Chettikulum, a village situated in the vast forested area between Madawachchiya and Vavuniya – which was ravaged by the war. Many people were evacuated from the village and the remaining families lived in houses along the main road.
Thamali, a female baby elephant was rescued from the village called Thambalagamuwa, situated in the Eastern region, between Trincomalee and Kantale. The northern border of the village is a vast forest that covers thousands of hectares. This widely spread forest, with many water sources, was a haven for hundreds of elephants.
Memories of Wasana are sweet. She was one whom life tossed between two worlds and who ultimately chose this world. She would have been less than a week old when she was recovered from a village called Wellanwita in the Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat, which is in an area between the hills and the low country dry zone.
Namal, around 5 years old and handicapped was found abandoned as an infant with a snare injury on his hind leg. As the injury was bad, after many attempts to save the foot, it was finally decided that amputation was the only solution. ETH is his permanent home. Once the aftercare was done and the wound was healed, Namal had a prosthetic foot done for him.
The Hemas Green Club adopted a baby elephant at the Athathuru Sevana Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawe in 2015. The baby elephant was just three months old when he was caught in a trap at the Kopavali tank in Ampara. The injured baby elephant was rescued by the Wild Life Department and was then brought to Udawalawe under the department’s elephant conservation programme.