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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

Theodore Behr ·
These elephants are great. Would be a good movie location, what with the jungle and elephants and stuff!
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

PortMoresby ·
I'm becoming more intrigued by the day. On the practical side of things, specifically how to get there, what's your usual route, DrF, or is there a best way. From the US west coast. I'm thinking about using miles and I haven't found a cheap way yet for an onward flight from, say, BKK or HKG to Colombo. India is the obvious closest but costs more miles to get to than BKK. Any ideas? AA miles if have any experience with that alliance.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, PortMoresby! And we've not even been to the sacred tooth relic in Kandy, the medieval ruins of Polonnaruwa, the beautiful hill country filled with tea plantations and "The World's End", a wildlife safari at Yala National Park, nor any of the nice beaches (but keep reading -- reports on these are coming). Sri Lanka is a great destination, especially now that the civil war is over. I was doubly lucky to not only be able to visit a dear friend there but to have time to leisurely explore...
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

PortMoresby ·
Lots to consider. I can't go through Thailand without hanging out a few weeks so the 2 ticket plan may suit me better. I see Cathay Pacific also flies to Colombo, connecting in HKG. Will have to do more research to see if any of the low fare Asian airlines can facilitate a plan. What season is your favorite there? Is there an off-season when there are bargains to be had?
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

DrFumblefinger ·
Sri Lanka is almost on the equator so it has minimal seasonal variability in temperature or length of day and night. There is a monsoon season, but that generally translated to an hour or two of rain, often after dark, so don't let this worry you. I don't think there's a bad season. Imagine "high season" coincides with vacations in Europe as most travelers there are from Europe so would avoid the summer months especially.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

PortMoresby ·
Thanks again, good DrF.
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Re: Return to Etosha, Pt. 2

DrFumblefinger ·
Another great adventure with some terrific animal photography! Thanks very much for these, Professor.
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Re: February 14, 2018: Elephant Transit Home, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka

Travel Luver ·
Those babies are just too cute!
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Re: HOW YOU CAN SAVE THE ASIAN ELEPHANT

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for sharing this.It does sound like a great way to help the Elephants while getting to spend with them !
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Re: HOW YOU CAN SAVE THE ASIAN ELEPHANT

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for sharing these thoughts. Elephants are highly intelligent animals, probably smarter than dogs for example. Wild elephants in Asia are having a hard time because of loss of habitat and conversion of their normal range to agricultural land. Most do not have ivory tusks so unlike their African cousins, they are not slaughtered for their teeth. In Sri Lanka I visited the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala a number of times, which I've previously written about on TravelGumbo at this link .
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Re: May 17, 2017: Elephant Jam at Amber Fort, Jaipur

GarryRF ·
The Elephants certainly look well cared for. Maybe they have a better life than being out in the wild.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 11). On safari in Yala Park, with a stop in Kirinda

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, TravelandNature! And how about that Junglefowl. Looks like a fancy chicken but apparently a wild species.
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Yatala Vehera, an ancient stupa in Tissamaharama

DrFumblefinger ·
A mysterious ancient stupa, with the oldest elephants sculptures in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of the highlights of any trip to Sri Lanka is a visit to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.  Pinnawala is small town just north of Kegalle, east of Colombo (just over half way on the road to...
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Gotta be a first: Elephant takes a selfie!

PHeymont ·
No, it's not a joke. Christian Leblanc visited an elephant sanctuary in Thailand a couple of months ago, fed the elephants bananas, and found the elephant grabbing his Go-Pro camera, which was set on time lapse.   As a result, while the elephant...
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May 17, 2017: Elephant Jam at Amber Fort, Jaipur

Professorabe ·
An elephant traffic jam -- only in India, as Professor Abe shares in our Pic of the Day.
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September 11, 2017: Wild Elephants at Periyar Tiger Reserve

Professorabe ·
A last minute encounter with a group of elephants turned an otherwise disappointing afternoon on safari into a cherished memory.
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China's ivory ban: hope for African elephants

PHeymont ·
Elephants in Tanzania's Ruaha national wildlife park.      Photo: Anna Rydin / Wikimedia   China has pledged to phase out manufacture and sale of products made of ivory, which is good news for the endangered African elephants,...
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner! (crashing the party)

PHeymont ·
No, it's not the famous movie with Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and the rest...but it is a movie, as seen above. The scene is Mana Pools camp in northern Zimbabwe, and the participants weren't even taking a dangerous selfie...   The young...
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It's a girl! Hamburg's zoo celebrates baby elephant

PHeymont ·
Hamburg's Hagenbeck Zoo has a new member this week, with the birth of a yet-to-be-named baby after a 23-month pregnancy. The  mother is Yashoda, who has had one other calf.   Zoo officials haven't announced the baby's weight and other...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 10, 2015: Cranbrook Ed

DrFumblefinger ·
    I'd like to introduce you to "Cranbrook Ed".  Cranbrook is a small city in southeastern British Columbia with an important history as a railway hub.  Situated in the heart of its historic downtown is this statue of an elephant,...
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June 3, 2018: Lucy the Elephant, Margate City

Jonathan L ·
Meet Lucy, the oldest roadside attraction in the United States
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February 14, 2018: Elephant Transit Home, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe visits the Elephant Transit Home, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. If you love photos of baby elephants, don't miss this Pic of the Day!
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 11). On safari in Yala Park, with a stop in Kirinda

DrFumblefinger ·
 Yala is the most visited National Park in Sri Lanka.  It’s remotely situated in the southeast corner of the country, a long day’s drive fromColombo and even from the central Hill Country, and covers almost 1000 square...
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HOW YOU CAN SAVE THE ASIAN ELEPHANT

Travel With Lamb ·
The Exploitation of the Asian Elephant   I’m not going to deny that the Asian Elephant is continuously exploited, it is happening. Over the last few weeks there was a link making its rounds on Facebook revealing the tragic lives of the...
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Antarctica, part 2. Weaner Wars

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines continues her celebrating Nature on 7 Continents series with this second installment in exotic Antarctica. Young elephant seals are called ‘weaners’ from the time they’re weaned from their mother’s milk, around a month, until they reach a year old. They’re cute but their warrior training begins young.
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Part of famous Elephant Rock in New Brunswick collapses

Travel Rob ·
Part of Elephant Rock, of the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, collapsed on Monday
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Berlin's 'New Year Baby' is an elephant!

PHeymont ·
Every city has a "first baby" of the New Year, but Berlin's buzz this year is about a New Year baby who's an elephant!
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African Elephants

DrFumblefinger ·
A look at an amazing species, African elephants.
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Return to Etosha, Pt. 2

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's fascinating journey of exploration of Etosha Park's wildlife concludes with this week's post.
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October 19, 2019: Spotted on the Road, Southern Sri Lanka

DrFumblefinger ·
Usually it's an exotic car that capture DrFumblefinger's attention while on the road. But on this particular it was an animal as large as some cars that did.
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Re: Antarctica, part 2. Weaner Wars

DrFumblefinger ·
Weiners with an "i" don't fight back! Nice post, Kirsten.
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Re: African Elephants

Travel Rob ·
A fascinating look! I've never seen them in the wild and hope I can change that in the next few years.
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Re: African Elephants

Marilyn Jones ·
Elephants are my favorite!! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos!!"
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