Dr. Neshma Kumudinie, Veterinarian
The elephant transit home was set up in 1995 as a pilot project by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to look after the abandoned baby elephants till they are able to take care of themselves.
The warmth the baby jumbos are denied by their mothers was afforded to them to the fullest at the Ath Athuru Sevana by the Conservators and Veterinary Surgeons who look after their "charges" with love and devotion until the time is ripe for them to be sent back to their natural habitats.
The Elephant Transit Home was established on 6th October 1995 at the Udawalawa National Park under the 29th Amendment of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance Part II.
The Elephant Transit Home is the only home belonging to the Department of Wildlife Conservation where they take in jumbo babies found abandoned, stranded or orphaned in the jungles from all parts of the island. Some babies are found sick and wounded. They are kept and treated at the Elephant Transit Home and looked after till they are ultimately fit enough to be released back to the wild.
Since its inception a total of 83 baby jumbos had found a home at Ath Athuru Sevana. Thirty-nine had died subsequently due to serious illnesses and disabilities. Some were gifted to temples, others to public institutions and to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage managed by the Zoological Gardens.