The Elephant Transit Home (ETH) was established in 1995 by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC).
It was created to provide care and rehabilitation to young elephant calves found abandoned or orphaned with little or no prospect of survival due to the loss of their mother and natural herd. During the last decade, over 1300 wild elephants have been killed in Sri Lanka due to gunshot wounds, poisoning, electrocution, land mines and collisions with vehicles and trains.
The objectives of the Elephant Transit Home revolve around the central aim of re-introducing fit and healthy young elephants back into the National Parks of Sri Lanka. This project is the only one of its kind in the world for Asian elephants.
Funding from Taronga Zoo provides milk, medicine and supplies for elephant calves in their rehabilitation and will continue until they are old enough to be re-released back into the wild. Since its creation the Elephant Transit Home has successfully rehabilitated and released over 60 juvenile elephants back into the Udawalawe National Park.
Taronga Zoo sponsors two orphaned elephant calves at Sri Lanka’s Elephant Transit Home and will continue to pay for their care up to and including when they are released into a national park in the future. Their names are Moreesha and Wakarei.