Born Free USA Global Field Projects
(Photograph by Born Free Foundation)
The young elephants who come to the Elephant Transit Home become separated from their mothers for various reasons, but almost all involve human intervention, often when farmers chase herds away from their crops, or when the babies fall into waterlogged gem mine pits they are trying to drink from.
At the ETH they receive intensive veterinary treatment and are fed on a specially developed milk formula. They also spend much of their day in a small section of the Udawalawe National Park, playing in the reservoir and feeding on many of the grasses, shrubs and trees that they will encounter in the wild. This is valuable training that will help them to survive after release.