Dehiwala Zoo

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Hafiz Issadeen

Most people’s first experience of seeing exotic animals was in a zoo. Air travel now offers the chance to visit wild places but zoos still have a role to play. Sri Lanka’s zoo is at Dehiwala near Colombo; it was founded in 1936 and hopes to contribute to conservation, education and animal welfare.

While the animals are obviously restricted the zoo provides a beautiful environment; landscaping with colourful flora, trees and fountains within which there are cages and enclosures.

The Zoo obviously has elephants and there is a performing schedule within an arena where they perform a variety of tricks for visitors. There is a history of trained elephants throughout the world though for visitors to Sri Lanka with time to see the Island there are far better experiences of elephants to observe.


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