Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a 15 acre estate known as ‘Samaragiri’, in Sri Lanka. It has been the family 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) an animal lover opened the estate to the public as the Club Concept Elephant Bath.
This included building tree houses for the farmers so they could look out for wild elephants crossing, providing bells so that they can warn other farmers, planting chilli plants along the area elephants would invade in order to deter them as elephants do not like chilli’s and also bee boxes on the farmers homes as elephants are scared of bees. MEF also compensate the farmer’s crops which is the main income for them to support their families.