Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I visit the Elephant Transit Home?
Yes. Tourists may visit the Elephant Transit Home daily at the Udawalawe National Park. It’s a great activity to go along with a responsible jeep safari into the park to see wild animals, including elephants. Tickets for the adorable baby elephant milk feeding are on sale at the Transit Home for LKR 500 (about 5$ US) for adults and LKR 150 (about 2$ US) for children. Tickets include access to the visitor center and the observation platform. Milk feeding takes place at 9am, 12noon, 3pm, and 6pm.
2. Where is the Elephant Transit Home?
The Elephant Transit Home is located in the Ratnapura district, close to the entrance to the Udawalawe National Park in southern Sri Lanka. From the large Thanamawila Road, turn onto C.P. De Silva Road, and you will see a large sign on your right. Please ask your tour guide or hotel to arrange a visit for you. DDD map coordinates: 6.428291, 80.816784 Click map for link.
3. Can I bottle feed, touch, or take pictures with the baby elephants?
No. The orphans are being rehabilitated to be released back to the wild. To ensure the successful integration of the wild elephants the public may not touch, bottle feed, get close to, or pose for pictures with baby elephants. Nevertheless, the milk feeding is a joy to watch and pictures may be taken from the observation platform.
4. Can I foster an orphan?
The orphans of the Elephant Transit Home are supported by the Foster Parent Program. Foster parents are required to fill out an application for the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Each orphan has only one foster parent or foster organization. Contact us on (+94) 472 232 147 if you are interested in fostering an orphan.
5. How much does it cost to foster an orphan?
The foster parent will sign a contract and pay a foster fee of 250$ US per month to the Department of Wildlife Conservation for the orphan’s entire rehabilitation period at the Transit Home. Contact us if you are interested in fostering an orphan.
6. Is the Elephant Transit Home a non-profit organization?
No. The Elephant Transit Home is run by the Sri Lankan government’s Department of Wildlife Conservation.
7. Can I volunteer?
There are currently no volunteer positions available. Please check back for volunteer possibilities.
8. What about this website?
This website was created and is maintained by Elemotion Foundation for the Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Its purpose is to provide an online presence and educate the general public about the Transit Home’s wonderful work. Elemotion Foundation would like to thank Bastionpoint Technology for donating server space. Photos were donated by Elemotion Foundation, Born Free Sri Lanka, Dr. Vijitha Perera, and especially Hamish John Apple by Photography.