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* Sri Lanka to open wild life museum next week in Giritale
Thu, Dec 9, 2010, 12:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 09, Colombo: Authorities of Sri Lanka's Department of Wild Life Conservation have made arrangements to open country's first Wild Life Museum at the National Wildlife Training Center in the Giritale wildlife area in Polonnaruwa district.

Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife S M Chandrasena will open the Wild Life Museum on the 16th of December.

According to Wild Life Conservation officials, the museum is presently not open to the public and only contains few skeletons. The authorities have upgraded the museum with more skeletons and taxidermal animals.

The museum will have replicas of around over 70 local and foreign animals including the endemic animals such as the black leopard recently found dead in a trap displayed in the museum. Skeletons of elephants, monkeys, deer, and other wild animals, elephant fetuses are also to be included in the collection.

The museum will serve as a center to educate the local and foreign visitors on Sri Lanka's indigenous wild life and its conservation. The center plans to conduct special sessions for school children.

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