Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home in Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home

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Local name Udawalawa Eth Athuru Sewana

Address Ath Athuru Sevana
Place Uda Walawe National Park
Country Sri Lanka
Website Website


Key People

Veterinarians: Nandana Atapattu (veterinarian)

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Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home, located at Ath Athuru Sevana, in Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka .

Living elephants

At the Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home lives 22 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Aba born 2015-10-00
  2. Abhiman
  3. Balaya born 2016-09-00
  4. Chuti born 2017-02-00
  5. Florence born 2003
  6. Habali born 2017-01-00
  7. Hercules born 2013-01-00
  8. Kaha-Kurulla born 2015
  9. Kalana born 2012-01-00
  10. Kathari born 2015-01-00
  11. Malindu born 2014-05-00
  12. Manike born 2013-11-00
  13. Matilda born 2007
  14. Mozes born 2017-05-00
  15. Namal born 2011?
  16. Rob
  17. Sirimali born 2014-03-00
  18. unknown born 2005
  19. unknown born 2017?
  20. unknown born 2011
  21. unknown born 2010
  22. Wasala born 2012-04-00

Comments / picturesThe Elephant Transit Home (ETH) owned by the Department of Wild Life Conservation (DWLC) was established on October 6, 1995 at the Udawalawe National Park.

The first orphaned baby elephant cared for at Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant transits home) was a one-year-old female elephant. She was found wandering alone in the forest near the Meegalawa area in the Anuradhapura district. Dr. Nandana Atapattu brought the elephant calf to ETH and registered her as the first resident, naming her "Komali." Since then, to date, more than 200 elephants have been cared for at ETH. All of these orphaned wild elephants are reintroduced into the wild in their natural habitats at the age of five when they can take care of themselves.

1998-11-15: Senadhi, a six month baby elephant, was rescued by Sri Lankan soldiers from the Settikulam army base in the Kallady region after being hit by a bullet. The three-feet-tall elephant was hit by a bullet from a T-56 rifle but the circumstances under which he was injured were not clear. "When he came, he could hardly stand up," said Nandana Atapattu, the vet who was treating Senadhi. The elephant is now lodged at a transit home for elephants.

24th of September 2003 the elephant transit home opened, completely funded by the Born free Federation of UK, who also funds post-release studies run by the University of Colombo, monitoring the orphans with the help of radio collars once they have been returned to the wild.

The difference between Ath Athuru Sevena and the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala is that at the Transit Home these baby elephants once cared for are released to the wilds when they reach a certain age.

To date, 103 orphans have been released into the wild. Of that number, management reports 7 animals have died. 15 released orphans have become successful mothers. A total of 16 babies have been born in the wild to these ten mothers.

2018-10-30: 49 orphans. // Dennis Schmitt

Releases to the Uda Walawe National Park

  • Four baby jumbos on 21st March 1998
  • Five on 1st July 2000
  • Eight on 18th January 2002
  • Eleven in four groups on 1st July 2003

  • References for records about Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home

    Recommended Citation

    Koehl, Dan (2024). Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=548. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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