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The Millennium Elephant Foundation

Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
94 35 2265377
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in Kegalle
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

To ride on an elephant and then to scrub it with coconut husks, sit on its back again and be sprayed with water from its trunk was an experience neither me or my son will ever forget. Go here instead of Pennewala and don't forget a change of clothes.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I recently went to this elephant foundation after our driver reccomended going. What a stupid mistake this was! An absolute waste of money and not a good experience. We paid for a 'medium' walk and was basically thrown on the elephant back, walked 50m up a path and back, all for 6000 rupees. Very cruel to the... More

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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I volunteered at this foundation for three months, therefore seeing how the elephants are treated and also seeing what the foundation does for the community. MEF offer free education to poor kids in the area and save these elephants from a life of logging or tied up at temples without proper food or care. Please do yourself a favour and... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The only way you should see elephants is in the wild. Go do a safari! Having heard such mixed reports, I went to see for myself and I would absolutely not recommend this place to anyone. Elephants love to roam and walk huge distances, not walk up and down with people on their backs, with chains on their legs and... More

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Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Elephants are continuously prodded with spikes by their so called keepers , heavy chains hang around their necks , feet are chained, mahuts only interested in getting the elephants to perform for the tourists to obtain money.Such majestic sensitive animals do not deserve this kind of treatment

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was amazing to see the elephants and get up close to them. But we felt the whole experience was just money grabbing! Constant demands for tips after the elephant ride, gallery tour, photos, everything was orientated around money. The ticket cost should have covered these aspects. This really tainted what would have been an a maxing experience.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'm sorry to hear these bad reviews and responses to the wonderful work of Millennium Elephant Foundation. I want to respond to some of the negative reviews. I am a very compassionate animal lover. To a "one day experience" traveler I can see Millennium appearing cruel and money grubbing, but as a 2 time volunteer and one time visitor (3... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Earlier this year I wrote a positive review for the mef and I do understand animal cruelty On our visit I witnessed no cruelty towards the elephants and I feel both of us and our elephant had an enjoyable time our guide was good and there was little pressure to tip .considering the life the elephants had prior to mef... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Anyone that leaves a positive review of the millennium Elephant Foundation, does not understand cruelty to animals. My Girlfriend and I are travelling around the world and in June14 we visited Sri Lanka. Being on a budget, we carefully looked into the website of both the Elephant foundation and the Elephant Orphanage (close by). The Web site for the foundation... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I visited this place in June and had one of the worst experiences of my life. First of all, I was very disappointed with the way the elephants were treated. From the website, I thought this place was ethical and took good care of there elephants. Instead, they are in chains, look very tired, and miserable giving rides. The guys... More

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