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elephants at an orphanage in Sri Lanka
December 23, 2013

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This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Elephants at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle. As of 2003, there were 65 elephants. Since the captive breeding program was launched in 1982, over 20 elephants have been born. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate the natural world. However, there are some exceptions: The elephants are taken to the river twice daily for a bath, and all the babies under three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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Photograph by Yashani Shantha

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