Please SAY NO to elephant back safari rides in Sri Lanka


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Are you a responsible traveler?

You may think its fun to take a ride on an elephant but did you know that the elephants need to be 'broken' in spirit to tame them enough so they become docile and be “entertainment-ready” for tourists?!

We’re thrilled that in 2019 ABTA has finally given a clear signal to the UK Travel industry - Elephant riding on holiday should be banned. British travel companies have been asked to avoid booking such harmful activities, either directly or via suppliers.

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Did you know that baby elephants generally nurse for about two years, consuming about six gallons of milk a day? And in the wild, the calves tend to stay with their mothers until they are around 5 years! The trauma these calves go through when separated from their mothers who are taken away for entertaining us humans, is truly unbelievable.

Many calves do not survive.

A responsible safari is where you see elephants in the wild, in their natural habitats playing, feeding, bathing without inhibitions.


What you should not do with elephants, in Sri Lanka.

  • If you stay in any star classed hotels in the Cultural Triangle, or elsewhere that promote elephant back safaris - do not book this activity. Instead, please post your protest on social media.

  • Do not book elephant bathing and riding activities that are offered by independent suppliers in Habarana and Sigiriya, at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and near the Minneriya National Park.

  • Do not feed elephants on the road near Udawalawe National Park or on the road between Kataragama and Yala National Park, Block 5.

  • Do not endorse any charities that offer walking with elephants and caring for them as part of an elephant volunteer program.

  • We also strongly believe that any elephants held in captivity for processions and festivities should be subject to strict animal welfare-regulations and eventually, this practice should cease to exist.

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Did you know that the elephants are tamed by being beaten, stung repeatedly by the ankus mahouts hook, have all four legs tied on a short rope for days on end and even starved - until they submit to orders! What you choose to ride on is not an elephant but a soul broken in spirit!

Responsible Travel in Sri Lanka means booking experiences that respect the wildlife, culture and the environment of this Biodiversity Hot Spot

Let elephants roam wild and free!

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You have the power to make a difference in this vicious cycle of cruelty.

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Ask Ayu in the Wild Holidays about How You can be a Responsible Traveler in Sri Lanka



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