by Brig. Hant Perera, Dr. Harald M. Schwammer, Dr. Wolfgang Zenker


The jointed team of Austrian and Sri Lankan experts conduct an ongoing ex-situ elephant care, management and also veterinary research programme. Notes are compared and information is shared. Vienna Zoo has a long tradition in keeping elephants and its status of a modern, species-appropriated elephant husbandry system is worldwide known. The Pinnawala Orphanage has the valuable experience in keeping dozens of semi-wild-living elephants with a 30 year history. Both, Vienna Zoo and Pinnawala Orphanage dispose of a skilful veterinarian and management team. Together they have an extensive wealth of experience which will be published for the benefit of worldwide ex-situ elephant conservation.