K. G. Sumanabanda , camp mahout in Sri Lanka
Born 1958 in Sri Lanka
, son of mahout Kotuwe Apuhami .
Mr K.G. Sumanabanda is a four generation Sri Lankan Mahout,
who was chief Mahout
at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage since he was transfered there from Colombo Zoo in Dehivela Gardens in 1981 until 2010.
Sumanabanda was born 1958, son of wellknown Sri Lankan Mahout
Punchi Apuhami, and twelve years old, he started to help his father tend the families three elephants, Raja, Mudiyansee, and Menika.
The bull Mudiyanse, K.G. Samunabanda left, and his father Punchi Apuhami, 1984. Photo © Wayne Jackson, Canada.
The bull Mudiyanse, Samunabanda left, and his grandmothers brother Rambanda, 1984. Photo Wayne Jackson, Canada.
In 1978 Samunabanda started to work as Mahout
at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Colombo, under the late director Lyn de Alwis.
In 1981 Samunabanda was transfered from Dehivela Gardens to Pinnawela elephant orphanage where he, together with two assistants, became responsible for their 13 elephants.
(Photo from the book les animaux sauvages ; l\\'éléphant) The Pinnawela Herd
and chief Mahout
K.G. Sumanabanda, 2011, in 1981. Not one single hotel, and only palm trees along the river. The elephants on the picture are 13; Vijaya, Neela, Hema, Mathalee, Randivi, Mahaweli, Kumari, Diula, Anuscha, Kadira, Komali, Weera (later Kandula I at the army camp), and Jadura. On the picture above is not one single hotel, and only palm trees along the river Maha Oya.
K. G. SumanabandaBorn: 1958