On the 26th of March, 2016, Founder of Dilmah Tea, Merrill. J. Fernando, declared open the Information Center at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe,which had been undergoing renovations by Dilmah Conservation. The newly improved center is now home to an extensive collection of information on elephants from their origins and evolution to their social behavior and threats, providing an inclusive learning experience and giving a better understanding of these ‘Gentle Giants’ and their plight.

The Elephant Transit Home was first established in 1995 for the purpose of sheltering orphaned or abandoned elephant calves. These baby elephants are given special care by a dedicated team of keepers that ensure their successful rehabilitation before they can be reintroduced to the wild. With the re-opening of the Information center, Dilmah Conservation hopes to bring light to the importance of the work that is being done at the transit home, thereby helping conservation efforts.

Gentle and majestic, elephants are a vital part of our world. Their existence paves the way for that of other species and without them the Earth would be a duller place. Dilmah Conservation hopes to help raise awareness on the greatest threat to the survival of this species, the Human- Elephant Conflict, and help to minimize it. The center hopes to inspire in people a need to conserve and protect.

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