The Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is situated on a 15 acre estate known as ‘Samaragiri’, which has been home to the Samarasinghe family for many generations. The family has owned elephants since the 1960’s and in 1979 Mr Sam Samarasinghe (1939 – 1991) opened the estate to the public as the Elephant Bath.
The MEF charity was founded in August 1999 by Mrs Carminie Samarasinghe with the assistance of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and has been working continually to improve the care, protection and treatment of elephants in Sri Lanka by providing a place of sanctuary and medical services and facilities.
Since the MEF’s inception care and/or sanctuary has been provided to more than 60 elephants. Today, 6 female and 2 male elephants ranging in age from 21-65 years are either temporarily or permanently resident at the MEF. The youngest, Poojah was the first captive elephant to be bred in Sri Lanka.
In an effort to increase awareness about the plight of the Sri Lankan elephant and to generate the funds necessary for the elephant’s sustenance and care, the MEF actively welcomes visitors