“Eth Athuru Sevana” or the “Elephant Transit Home” is the Asia’s first rehabilitation center for elephants. Established in 1995 by the Wildlife Conservation Department the center lies on a 200-acre land on the western boarder of the Udawalawe National Park. with the Udawalawe Reservoir as the southern border.
The center takes in the sick, wounded or orphans baby elephants and nourish them until they are capable of living on their own and release them to various national parks.
The calves are treated and brought up with minimum human intervention to avoid developing a affinity to humans. The animals in this rehabilitation center have a higher capacity to live freely and it is highly beneficial for their genetic diversity as they are brought from different regions of the country.