Pinnawala elephant orphanage ethical review in 2017 [shall I go]

I was lucky enough in August 2017 to have a 10 day trip in Sri Lanka. I say lucky because I would have never though and imagined how beautiful this country is.
One of the stops of this organised trip was at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, right in the centre of the country and just 40km from Kandy.
In true honesty I have never been a big fan of zoos. It may be just me of course, however I find it hard to understand why, as humans, we need to visit animals in an enclosed space. 
I still remember a movie called Planet of

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