Sri Lankan Elephant, Elapas Maximus maximus is one of the three subspecies of Asian Elephant. Endemic to Sri Lanka, these majestic wild animals said to have the largest population of elephants in Asia. For over 2000 years the elephant has played a unique, vital role in Sri Lankan culture taking centre stage in many festivities. Although the Sri Lankan elephant population considered to be the largest Asian elephant population in the world, the herd size is disappearing in an alarming rate which has caused this subspecies to be recognized as endangered. Habitat loss, deforestation, poaching, human-wildlife conflicts and natural disasters are some of the many causes for the decreasing numbers of the Sri Lankan elephant. At present current population is heavily concentrated in handful of wild life sanctuaries in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Yet they heavily struggle for their habitat boundaries with humans who yearn for more purposeful resources.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was created in 1975 as a sanctuary to nurture, care grow and feed for orphaned baby elephants found in the wild. Although the orphanage started with 5 baby elephants, the number has reached almost 80 by the year 2014. There are 48 handlers who care for and foster each elephant until adulthood. The sanctuary has 25 acres of land consisting of lakes, rest areas, shelter sheds and roaming grounds.
Tropical Link Canada Ltd. has been donating a portion from each sale of their “Wild Tusker” brand products since its inception to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in order to lend a hand in helping to save this endangered subspecies. While marketing Sri Lankan products around the world we create an awareness among loyal customers of our “Wild Tusker” products that wild Asian elephants have to be protected to prevent their rapid extinction. Your purchase of “Wild Tusker” products further ensures the well-being and protection of these endangered subspecies.