• Short Summary

    An unusual orphanage, set in 60 acres (24 hectares) of parkland in Sri Lanka, was officially opened last week -- for elephants only.

  • Description

    An unusual orphanage, set in 60 acres (24 hectares) of parkland in Sri Lanka, was officially opened last week -- for elephants only.

    The babies -- ranging from two to 11 months -- will be trained to perform and it is hoped the orphanage will develop into a tourist attraction although the main purpose is to save the island's elephant population -- estimated at 1,500 -- from extinction.

    The young elephants' parents were killed by farmers who caught them trampling on rice and rubber crops.

    The park -- about 50 miles (80 km) from Colombo -- will be administered by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka and the Department of Wildlife. It is hoped in the future that other sick and wounding animals -- such as deer -- may also be cared for there.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACI5PQZ87ZLK5Z2SIVTYGJTMR9
    Media URN:
    VLVACI5PQZ87ZLK5Z2SIVTYGJTMR9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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