The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage was launched in 1975 to look after seven orphaned baby elephants; it has now mushroomed to over 100 elephants, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The animals vary in age and include orphaned and abandoned elephants as well as those injured in the wild. The elephants roam freely around the area and are controlled by their mahouts during feeding and bathing times. The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is a great place to view the playful and habitual behaviour of baby to adult elephants. It is also suitable to purchase elephant related novelty items including t-shirts, key chains and toys. The orphanage is also known for their sale of pachyderm paper, which is paper made from Elephant dung.