Crabbie’s has partnered with the Millennium Elephant Foundation in Sri Lanka to adopt three elephants at the 15 acre sanctuary, saving them from a punishing life engaged in the logging industry or tourist trade.
Over the coming years, Crabbie’s has committed to fund all the food, shelter and medical bills for the elephants, as well as providing staff uniforms and materials to the sanctuary.
This investment will make a massive difference to the lives of the elephants. We’re excited to get to know our adopted ele’s better, but in the meantime, here’s what we know about them.
MEET THE ELEPHANTS
POOJA Age: 30
The ‘baby’ of the MEF centre, although she is now in her twenties, Pooja was born at the centre in 1986, the first elephant born to a domesticated elephant in the country.
She is an animal who enjoys attention and cuddles with her mum, who also lives at the centre.
RANMENIKA Age: 55
Having tourists riding on her back wearing the Howdah (large cage tied tightly around the body, which carries 6 or more tourists at one time) has taken a huge toll on the health of this gorgeous, mischievous animal.
Abandoned by her mum when she was very young, Ranmenika has needed treatment for a variety of ailments, some physical and some stress-induced.
However, since arriving at the Millennium Elephant Foundation shelter, she is slowly regaining her love of life again. She is very cheeky and loves to steal the other elephant’s food when no one’s looking! Now retired here due to the funding from Crabbie’s she does no riding at all and only enjoys the leisurely elephant walks.
LAKSHMI Age: 49
Pooja’s mum, she is the matriarch of the herd and the official diva of the MEF. Now 50 years old, she is still incredibly lively and often collects food for the others to enjoy.
Lakshmi has starred in many films and documentaries, including the 1981 film Tarzan The Ape Man, starring Bo Derek