Zoological Gardens

Zoological gardens

The Colombo Zoo is a unique tourist destination in the world, situated inthe heart of the Colombo District of Sri Lanka and 9.5 kilometres from the Colombo city. The zoo is locally well known as Dehiwala Zoo.

 

 

The Colombo Zoo was started during the early years of the 20th century as a collecting depot for captured wild animals destined for the zoos of Europe.The zoo was taken over by the government in 1936 and made an autonomous department in 1946.

 

The Colombo Zoo is probably one of the few remaining places in the country where nature blends with a large variety of animal life. This is a place that excites both young and the old when they explore through gardens filled with beautiful birds, a variety of animals and lush greenery. It houses for 79 species of Mammals, 89 species of Birds, 31 species of Reptiles, 89 species of Fish, 3 families of Amphibians, and 30 species of Butterflies. The total number of animals lies between 2500 and 3000 including free-living birds.

 

Endangered animals like Black Rhinoceros, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Red Lechwe, Orangutan, Komodo Dragon etc., enrich the animal collection.

 


Special Entertainment Opportunities

 -Pony Ride for Children

 -Animal performance (daily)

 - Sea Lion feeding time: 04.00 p.m.

 - Elephant performance: 04.30 p.m.

 

Volunteer Programmes

Volunteers are provided with an opportunity to work in the
Colombo Zoo at a fee cost. Programme fee is in US $ and it depends on the duration of the programme.
(Contact: zoosl@sltnet.lk) The Colombo Zoo is open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on all days of the year.


  • Beaches

    Since ancient times, Sri Lanka has been well known for its golden beaches, with the island earning the name ‘Thambapanni’, meaning copper red sand, nearly 2,500 years ago when the first King of Sri Lanka, Wijeya, landed from his voyage from India. While the traditional beaches are in the South and Western coasts such as Negombo, Bentota, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Ahangama, Weligama and Mirissa,the development of infrastructure has brought into the limelight the magnificent beaches in the East Coast, such as Arugambay, Passikudah, and Kuchchaveli. Despite the Boxing Day Tsunami which ravaged most of the country’s coastal belt, the beaches of Sri Lanka still present pictures of undying beauty. Surfing, kite surfing, whale and dolphin watching, and diving are some of the activities one could experience off the beaches of Sri Lanka.

  • Waterfalls

    Travelling inland into the Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces brings one into contact with the picturesque waterfalls the country has to offer. Due to the extensive network of natural waterways, the small island is home to over 100 waterfalls, a majority of them located in the Hill Country and the Central Highlands. Some of the most famous waterfalls in Sri Lanka include St. Claire, Devon, Ramboda, Hunnas and Dunhinda. It is quite difficult to reach the base of some waterfalls due to rugged terrain and dense forestation, while numerous ones are completely hidden from oft-travelled routes.

  • Mountains

    Adam’s Peak is perhaps the most well-known mountain in Sri Lanka. Located in the Sabaragamuwa Province with an elevation of 2,243m, it is a place of worship for all of Sri Lanka’s major religions. However, in the very heart of the island; the Central Province, lies the hill country, which is a land of verticals. Sri Lankans, centuries ago, used the mountains as a natural defence against the colonizing British, with choke points and rolling boulders to protect the last kingdom of Kandy. Travelling through the roads that wind around the mountains presents breath-taking scenery, with tea estates than seem like miles of green carpet, waterfalls, and mist-covered peaks. Mount Pedro, with an elevation of 2,524m is the highest mountain of Sri Lanka, and is located here, close to the city of Nuwara Eliya. The Knuckles Mountain Range, Horton Plains, and Kirigalpoththa, Hakgala and Thotupola mountains are some of the other main attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Wildlife Parks

    While Yala in the dry zone of Hambantota remains the most famous wildlife park in Sri Lanka, other well-known wildlife parks include Kaudulla, Minneriya, Wilpattu, Wasgamuwa, Udawalawa and Gal Oya, to name a few. Drought seasons in different parts of the country mean that the animals move to different parts within the parks, or visit adjoining parks in search of food and water. Majestic elephants, deadly leopards, pythons and crocodiles, bears, deer, langur and wild boar are just a selection of the animals one could sight in the wildlife parks, in addition to the resplendent bird population. The Horton Plains National Park which is the highland from where 3 of the largest rivers of Sri Lanka originate, is also a mysterious paradise of wildlife.

  • Bird Sanctuaries

    The tiny island is home to over 430 species of birds, 26 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Different seasons also bring in different migratory birds to the country. The best way to experience this diverse offering is to travel to the multitude of bird sanctuaries located across the island. From the mangroves and sand dunes of Bundala to the rolling plains and dry forests of Kumana and the lush rainforests of Sinharaja, the different ecologies of the dozens of bird sanctuaries in Sri Lanka offer unique bird watching experiences. The Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka is the apex association related to the conservation and study of birds in the country.

  • Botanic Gardens

    The Botanic Gardens of Sri Lanka represent a significant national asset of the country. Being established in the early nineteenth century, the National Botanic Gardens have now become major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Over 2 million people visit these botanic gardens annually for relaxation, entertainment, recreation, education, botany and horticulture.

     

    Botanic gardens of Sri Lanka have a collection of over 6,000 diverse living plant species on display arranged in attractive, systematic and exciting ways. The gardens are oasis of beautifully cultivated flowers and trees of carefully designed and meticulously maintained environments.

     

    Currently, there are five botanic gardens and one medicinal plant garden in Sri Lanka. Three of the botanic gardens were established by the British; i.e. Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya, Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Gampaha Botanic Gardens. The botanic garden in Mirijjawila is the first botanic garden developed by local experts after 130 years and opened in 2013. Another new botanic garden is being established in Avissawella for ex-situ conservation of Wet Zone plants and will be opened soon.

  • Elephant Orphanage

    Established in 1975 with five orphaned elephants in an area of 25 acres ofland at Pinnawala, a village in the Kegalle District, the Pinnawala ElephantOrphanage is the only orphanage of elephants which cares for the world’slargest herd of captive elephants that accounts for nearly 90 orphans.The orphanage which serves as a conservation and breeding centre as well as aplace of informal education on elephants and their conservation is a world famousattraction due to its unique way of maintaining such a large free herd of jumbos.The orphanage is a worth-seeing place for anyone into these pachyderms, their conservationand ecotourism. Visitors have opportunity not only to observe the entire herd bathing in theMa-Oya River but also to feed them with fruits and milk.


     

     

    Time Table of the Activities

     -09.15 a.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding

     -10.00 a.m. - Parade to the river

     -12.00 noon - Herd returns from the river

     -01.15 p.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding

     -02.00 p.m. - Parade to the river

     -05.00 p.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants

     

    Entrance Fee -Same as of the Colombo Zoo

     

    Other Tickets

     

    Volunteer Programmes - Same as at the Colombo ZooThe Elephant Orphanage is open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on all days of the year.