Ath Athuru Sevana situated in Udawalawa, Sri Lanka is an elephant transit home which 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.
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.
The DWLC usually spends about Rs. 10,000/- per month to feed one baby elephant.
The difference between Ath Athuru Sevena and the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala is that at the Transit Home these baby elephants once cared for are released to the wilds when they reach a certain age.