Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) a family run non-government organization (NGO) which is dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. MEF was started in 1999 in memory of Sam Samrasinghe. Charity Number 457.

We provide and fund the care, medical treatments, food, mahout salaries, the running costs of the charity as well as having an on call Mobile Veterinary Unit which travels around the country treating sick elephants in need. We rely on the income from volunteers and tourism to continue the important work we do for these gentle giants.

Home of the new and exclusive Elephant Walk Experience. The alternative to elephant riding option for tourists.An ethical, up close and personal experience unique to MEF. The most interactive enjoyable way to see domestic elephants in Sri Lanka.

We run an international elephant volunteer program 365 days per year where our team are dedicated to the daily care of our elephants and welcome applicants from all over the world.

Thank you so much for visiting our website. We hope that we can count on your support.

Meet the MEF herd

MEF Ranmenika
MEF Kavari Raja
MEF Bandara
MEF Rani
MEF Pooja
MEF Laksmi

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Latest MEF Posts

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A celebration in Habarana
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On Saturday 5th December we, the volunteers at Millennium Elephant Foundation, attended a ceremony in Habarana in order to celebrate the opening of a brand new well. The village organised a celebratory show, full of speeches, singing and lots of … Read More

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Kavini’s – Flood
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The 14th of December in the wet tropics was like any other average day, the sweltering hot sun was felt on the faces, shoulders and legs of the volunteers at MEF as they carried out their daily tasks. I had … Read More

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Box of Delights
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Morgan and I decided it was about time to make a new toy for the elephants to enjoy during enrichment! After a trip to the lumberyard to find some wood, we thought making a box would be a fine idea. … Read More