Sri Lankan elephants are a species of Asian elephant, and can be found living free in the many nature reserves across the country. Formerly used as working animals to pull heavy loads, they are still a feature of the annual Perahera Buddhist festival in Kandy. Highly revered, the elephant is a symbol of Sri Lanka, and its likeness can be seen everywhere, in paintings, on fabrics, as huge carved wooden statues and tiny little ornate figurines.