People and wild elephants do not always live in harmony in Sri Lanka. The expansion of the human population has eroded the normal habitat of the elephant, and many are killed or injured, leaving their young to fend for themselves.
Cauli The Elephant
Cauli was three only three weeks old when he was found alone at a lake near Ampara in September, 2008. Priya was just two weeks old when she was rescued in May, 2008, near Hambanthota. Both were taken to be cared for at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe, established in 1995 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.
The Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Each year an average of 15 to 20 elephants are taken to the ETH, where they will live for up to five years until they are strong enough to be released back into the jungle. The ETH seeks financial assistance from the public and private sectors, and Plantation Capital is proud to have adopted Priya and Cauli.
Asia Plantation Capital have pledged 600,000 Rupees a year to foster two elephants. This goes towards their milk and medicine and general upkeep. The ETH is equipped with life-saving facilities and equipment such as a hospital and intensive care centre, an elephant ambulance and a kitchen. The ETH is also supported by the Born Free Foundation.