2 Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in Sabaragamuwa Province
The province is the second smallest province in Sri Lanka, with a total area of 4902 km2 that covers 7.45% of the Sri Lankan landmass. The regions existed on 14 November 1987 and got its legal status in 1987 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in Sri Lanka established provincial councils. It contains two districts: the most substantial one Ratnapura with 3,275 km2 area representing around 67% of the province and Kegalle with 1,693.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 for wild Asian elephants, in Pinnawala town, 13 km north of Kegalle in Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka. It has the largest gathering of captive elephants globally and has 96 elephants, including 43 males and 68 females from 3 generations.
Udawalawe National Park is located on the border of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, south Sri Lanka. The national park was established to be a sanctuary for wild animals. It has the Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage- to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild.