Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is situated on a beautiful 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. In 1979 Mr Sam Samarasinghe (1939 – 1991) an animal lover opened the estate to the public as Club Concept, since then guests have been able to interact with elephants by riding, bathing and feeding.
Club Concept supports Millennium Elephant Foundation which was founded in Sam’s memory in August 1999 with the assistance of a world renowned animal charity. MEF has been working continually to improve the treatment of elephants in Sri Lanka by providing a place of medical services and facilities. Charity Number 457.
Club Concept welcomes visitors and volunteers to meet and experience our elephants. We practice responsible riding tourism and follow guidelines set out by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
Since MEF’s inception, care and a home has been provided to more than 80 elephants. Today, over 6 elephants ranging in age from 25-60 years are either temporarily or permanently residing at MEF.
Club Concept own two elephants, Lakshmi and her daughter Pooja who was the first elephant born in captivity in Sri Lanka. Pooja is a success story to come out of the work done at MEF.
MEF has also worked on veterinary training including pioneering research into tuberculosis in elephants.