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Elephant Foundation Millennium

Elephant Foundation Millennium

Elephant Foundation Millennium

Elephant Foundation Millennium

Elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.

elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.
elephant MEF identifies mistreated elephants and subsequently works to relocate them onto the sanctuary grounds, a process that involves paying the elephant owners a monthly wage. The organization then covers all medical, food bills, and a salary for the mahout. Tree bark is a favorite food source for Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala elephants and 13 mahouts.elephant freedom project
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A positive and productive working relationship is sought between each elephant and it’s mahout from the moment the elephant arrives at the sanctuary. Every elephant has a night bed at which it is fed in the evening and tied throughout the night. In the morning, each elephant is bathed in the river and fed its breakfast in a day bed. The food, which is delivered daily from off the premises, consists of coconut, kitul, and jackfruit bundles. Each elephant’s daily consumption is counted and recorded to ensure that proper care and protocols are TERMS & CONDITIONS TRAVEL
Please take the time to read and understand the GTC set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you carefully read all information relating to your trip on our website prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, level of comfort and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking.

1. OUR CONTRACT
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2. VALIDITY
Dates, itineraries and prices are valid from 01 January 2021 until 31 December 2022. Beyond 31 December 2022 dates, itineraries and prices are indicative only.
The booked services are valid only on the dates indicated in the invoice/confirmation.
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Please note that for certain travel arrangements the cancellation charge may be higher than those shown. In certain cases, a 100% cancellation fee applies as soon as the booking is made and the ticket is issued. You will be advised of different cancellation charges at the time of booking. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.

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7. CANCELLATION BY US
We may cancel a trip at any time up to 30 days before departure, subject to clause 13. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some styles of trips, your booking consultant will advise if differences apply.

8. BOOKING AMENDMENTS
If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party you must notify us at least 40 days prior to the proposed departure date. No charges are applied. If you notify us less than 40 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Transfers to a third party are only permitted where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip, and transfers to another departure can only be made to a departure within the current validity period.
Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur a EUR50 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 10 days of departure.
Any changes in bookings must be requested by the customer in writing.

9. INCLUSIONS
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all accommodation as listed on the website
all transport listed on the website
sightseeing and meals as listed on the website
the services of a group leader as described on the website
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international or internal flights unless specified
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Visa and passport fees
travel insurance
Optional activities and all personal expenses
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Elephant Foundation Millennium

Elephant Millennium

Spanning a 15-acre estate that is located around 10 kilometres to the northwest of the town of Kegalle, the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a charity that rescues and subsequently cares for captive
Asianelephants in Sri Lanka. It raises money for its activities through tourist fees and volunteer programs. The funds it raises are then used to improve the conditions and care it provides for its elephants, as well as to run educational programs for local farmers and their families, raising awareness of the importance of protecting local wild elephants.

Establishment and Conservation
The organization was founded in 1979 by Sam Samarasinghe as the Club Concept Elephant Bath. After Mr Samarasinghe’s death in 1999, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (now called World Animal Protection) assisted his family in creating the MEF. The sanctuary regularly attempts to raise awareness of the conditions that Sri Lankan elephants face, and is the country’s only certified non-profit organization working with captive elephants. Since it was founded, it has cared for more than 80 elephants.

You Should Visit
Visitors to the MEF can observe, bathe and ride the elephants, although the foundation tries to promote alternatives to riding and hopes to eventually become a non-riding venue. Guests may also choose to volunteer with the foundation for a number of weeks, dedicating their time to the care of the rescued elephants; or people can “adopt” an elephant to be able to contribute to its care.