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Millennium Elephant Foundation

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Address: Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
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+94 35 2 265377
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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I really enjoyed the walking tour with Podi. He was very informative and nice. I enjoyed feeding and bathing the elephants. we were able to spend as much time with them as we... read more

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I really enjoyed the walking tour with Podi. He was very informative and nice. I enjoyed feeding and bathing the elephants. we were able to spend as much time with them as we wanted. we even met some of the volunteers. plus the walking tour of the paper factory was very cool. I will definitely recommend to anyone traveling to... More 

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We visited MEF in May 2017 and were very pleasantly surprised. Upon reading the reviews I was a little worried but our guide assured us this was a 'good' place, and from this visit I would agree. Take time to read the information provided explaining about the work they do as well as info about the elephants- really very interesting.... More 

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I volunteered at MEF in September 2016 for 2 weeks and I am overwhelmed with finding the right words to use. Not knowing what I was getting myself into walking into MEF, turned out to be a life changing experience for me. I can understand why people would have questions about how the elephants are treated, how they live and... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I worked as a volunteer at MEF in May 2016. It was a life changing experience. Negative reviews stem from an experience of 30 minutes or less, tourists who haven't taken the time to read about MEF's work in the on site museum or endeavoured to understand what the Foundation is all about. The elephants are in chains for the... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I worked as a volunteer at MEF in Sept 2016 for two weeks and simply loved the experience this elephant haven had to offer. Yes, its true in that the first thing you will see on entering the site, is people riding elephants that are wearing chains. I myself was shocked to see this in my arrival, but took the... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Accomodation and food were my only factors of worry before any volunteering experience, and I have to say I was very satisfied of these and of everything else! Plenty of delicious meals, great conditions of living (stayed three weeks), the staff if very understanding and motivated, sympathic and will do everything to make your stay unforgettable. The volunteers I met... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I volunteered at MEF for two weeks, to get up close with elephants was a surreal experience. I looked after Lakshmi, an elephant with an amazing life story. As a volunteer we worked everyday to clean the elephants day and night beds, feed them vitamin balls, washing them and numerous other activities to help with the up keep of the... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The elephant walk is amazing, you get to bond with the elephant by walking next to it while he eats or roams around!!! During my visit to Sri Lanka I went to MEF, it is an amazing foundation that saves the elephants from the hard working conditions in temples, tourist attractions and timber mills. At first I thought it was... More 

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Thank escobarluis14
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been there as a volunteer for a month period. When I first got there I though it was weird that the elephants were in chaines, but when you get to understand why they actually have them it gives total sense of it (elephants are wild animals after all and have their instances and temper) these chaines can prevent them... More 

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Thank Natacha P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I volunteered here for 3 weeks in early 2017. All I wish is that I could've stayed longer. All the work they do is amazing and they provide the best care they can for the elephants living at the foundation and wild and captive elephants elsewhere in sri lanka. It is expensice to care for an elephant and the main... More 

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