Gunaratne Punchi

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Gunaratne Punchi
Profession village mahout
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Born ? in Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka

Work locations
Title mahout -
Location at Kotagama village in Sri Lanka

Biography details

Gunaratne Punchi , village mahout in Sri Lanka

Born ? in Sri Lanka , son of mahout Apuhami Punchi and wife R. M. Ukuama .

Gunaratne was born in his fathers house Hasthiraja Niwasa in the village Kotagama, in Rambukkana, (close to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage), son of wellknown Sri Lankan Mahout Punchi Apuhami. The family belongs to the high caste called Wallawue. Gunaratnes mother R.M Ukuama, and her father was the Mahout Siathu Hami from Kalu Galle.

In young age, he and his brother K. G. Sumunabanda started to help his father tend the families four elephants, Raja, died 20 years ago. Mudiyansee died 2002-04-01, Palikanatta (bull, died 35 years ago) and Menika died 2006. Weerasuriya Banda Hewahatta (Sumunabandas uncle, Apuhamis brother) trained the elephant Menika.

Siblings

Siblings through the father Apuhami Punchi (1926-07-06-2002-11-27):

  1. Kotuwe Punchi

Gunaratne Punchi s ancestral Ahnentafel:

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Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). mahout R. Punchi in Sri Lanka. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 May 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=665. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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