Lakshmi, meaning “Goddess of Prosperity”, is the head female at Millennium and is 50 years old. She is the matriarch of the group and is owned by the Samarasinghe family. She was the inspiration for MEF because her owners wanted people to have a chance to get up close to elephants, and leave with a love for elephants and passion to help them. Lakshmi has spent her life here at MEF after being rescued by Sam Samarasinghe in 1978.
She has many talents and has starred in over 25 international films including Tarzan the Ape Man. Her biggest claim to fame, however, is that she gave birth to the first domesticated elephant in Sri Lanka. Her daugher, Pooja, born in 1986 also lives at MEF. She has a very strong personality and can be a bit of a diva at times, probably because she knows she’s a big deal!
She can be a very desctructive elephant, and as her owner said “Lakshmi doesn’t like anything being in her way.” To this date she has broken four of the poles in the Free Roaming Area by standing on them or grabbing and pulling them with her trunk. This was after she used her trunk to try and unlock the gate. She is an extremely intelligent elephant and likes to do what she wants when she wants.