A unique gift that helps MEF make a difference!

You have got an opportunity to help Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) by becoming a member of MEF and adopting one or all of our elephants for you, a relative or a friend!

If you have already adopted one of our elephants and would like to renew for another year please visit Adoption Renew

Lakshmi is the diva and matriarch of the foundation. She has starred in many movies including 'Tarzan, the Ape Man'. Lakshmi is the mother of Pooja, the first elephant born in captivity in Sri Lanka.
Pooja is the daughter of Lakshmi and pride of MEF. She is the first elephant born in captivity. Now in her 30's, she is still our baby. Despite her small frame and crooked tale, she has a huge appetite.
Rani is a wonderful, quiet, and placid elephant with huge eye lashes. A resident at MEF for over 12 years. She loves to eat lemon puff biscuits. Rani and her mahout Chandana have a very special bond.
Kavari Raja is a huge crossed tusker. A gift from India to the 'Temple of the Tooth' in Kandy. He came to retire at MEF due to a leg injury that healed in it's deformed state. He is very quiet and content.
Raja has just retired from the logging industry.
Ranmenika is a cheeky elephant that loves eating and stealing other elephants food. Despite problems with her legs, and digestive system, her time at MEF has helped improve her life for the better.
Kandula is an unassuming character and very laid back. He has no tusks, instead he has tushes which is an incisor-tooth that sticks out from the lips. Kandula has impaired vision in his left eye.
Saliya is a lovely laid back elephant! He loves to lie and relax in the river.

The elephants that are at Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), currently costs around 7000 rupees (£36/$46/40 EURO) per elephant, per day to keep them here. These costs include elephant owners fees, paying the mahout’s salaries, (the elephant’s keeper) elephants food, and healthcare (daily vitamins for the elephants, vet costs, and medicines and treatments when required.)

Adopting an elephant from Millennium Elephant Foundation would make a lovely unique gift for a friend or relative. You will be helping the elephants and all of the money goes directly to looking after the elephants.

As a MEF member you will receive:

  • Free admission to MEF for one year.
  • Adoption certificate printed on elephant dung paper.
  • Introductory letter from MEF's President.
  • Information sheets about MEF, elephant facts and MEF projects.
  • Elephant profile and photo of your adopted elephant with details about their history and personality traits.
  • All this comes in a recycled elephant dung folder.

If you choose to adopt 3 or more Elephants (any of the below packages) you will also receive a complimentary
ELEPHANT WALK EXPERIENCE with lunch for 2 people (worth 12,000 rupees) It is a great opportunity for you to come and meet the elephants you have adopted, and see them up close and personal.

Adoption Package Details:

We have various packages available and you can choose the best option for you and how you would like to support us. We have broken the costs down so you can choose to pay for the upkeep of your chosen elephant for a day, a month or a year depending on your budget.

Below is a breakdown of all costs we incur per elephant, so you can see where your money is going. All contributions makes a huge difference. So we cannot thank you enough for your support.
• Adopt one elephant for one day – Rs 7000 (£36, $46, 40 EURO)
• Adopt all Elephants for one day - Rs.42,000 (£252 / $315)
• Adopt one elephant for for one Month – Rs 196,000 (£990, $1280, 1125 EURO)
• Adopt one elephant for one year – Rs 2,352.000 (12,000,$15,000, 14,000 EURO)

Or if you are unable to cover full costs, but still wish to contribute towards the care and upkeep of your chosen elephant you can choose specifically where you would like your funds to go. For example; elephant food, health care, owners fees or the mahouts salary.

Costs below are per elephant:

• Food Cost –
Daily Rs 2,565 (£13, $17,15 EURO)
Monthly Rs 78,000 (£400, $510, 450 EURO)
Annually Rs 936,000 (£4720, $6000, 5380 EURO)

• Mahout Salary –
Daily Rs 1000 (£5,$6.50, 5.75 EURO)
Monthly Rs 30,000 (£150, $195, 170 EURO)
Annually Rs 360,000 (£1815, $2345, 2070 EURO)

• Owners fees –
Daily Rs 2700 (£14, $18, 16 EURO)
Monthly Rs 82,000 (£,$,EURO)
Annually Rs 984,000 (£415, $535, 470 EURO)

• Health care –
Daily Rs 200 (£1, $1.30, 1.15 EURO)
Monthly Rs 6000 (£35, $40, 35 EURO)
Annually Rs 72,000 (£365, $470, 415 EURO)

The daily rate is a one off cost per year and is to be paid in a single instalment.

The monthly or annual costs can be paid either as a single instalment by bank transfer or on a monthly basis via bank transfer or direct debit.

All prices include the cost of shipping the Adoption Pack.

Choose from:
Lakshmi, Pooja, Rani, Kavari Raja, Ranmenika, Kandula, Saliya or Raja

Prices indicated in Sri Lankan Rupees / US dollars / British Pounds/Euros and include P&P.

Please make payment via International Bank Transfer or Direct Debit
Account Details:
Account Name: Millennium Elephant Foundation
Bank Name: Commercial Bank of Ceylon LTD
A/C No: 1210008801
Swift code: CCEYLKLX

Adoption packs are usually dispatched within 2 - 3 working days, but due to a slow postal service in Sri Lanka, please expect delivery to take 14 - 21 days.
If you are worried that the adoption pack might not arrive in time, we will send you a PDF of the adoption certificate that you can print and use until your adoption pack arrives.

Please apply to sponsor an elephant using the form at the bottom of this page, once this is received we will be in contact via email.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your adoption. Without your kind support we would struggle to provide such a vital service for the elephants at MEF.

Realistic prices

Figures below are a breakdown of costs for the care of each elephant per month.

Food Bills: average 78,000 rs per elephant
Mahout Salary average 30,000 rs per elephant
Medicines, Vitamins, treatments,vet bills 6000 rs per elephant
Owners fees: 82,000 rs average per elephant owner


Average cost of upkeep for one elephant for one day is approximately
= 7000 RS
£36 GBP
$46 USD

Average cost of upkeep for one elephant for one month is approximately
=196,000 RS
£ 990 GBP
$1280 USD
1125 EURO

Average cost of upkeep for one elephant for one Year is approximately
= 2,352,000 rs
£ 12,000 GBP
$15,000 USD
14,000 EURO

Average cost of upkeep for all our elephants for one day (based on 8 elephants) is approximately
=56,000 RS
£280 GBP
$365 USD
320 EURO

Average cost of upkeep for all our elephants for one month (based on 8 elephants) is approximately
=1,600,000 RS
£800,000 GBP
$10,450 USD
9,200.00 EURO

Average cost of upkeep for all our elephants for one Year (based on 8 elephants) is approximately
=18,816,000 RS
£95,000.00 GBP
$123,000.00 USD
108,000.00 EURO

Mobile Veterinary Unit call outs plus treatments we have spent 172,424 rs in 2017
(based on May Figures)

Check out some of our happy adoptive parents!!

Camden Jack (UK)

Louisa Bell (UK)

Ellice (Scotland)

Beatrice and Blake (UK)

Nevaeh - 5 years old - Scotland

Snee family (USA)


Carolin (Germany)