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* Sri Lankan government to establish a sanctuary for wild horses in Delft Island
Wed, Dec 25, 2013, 10:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Wildlife Conservation Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa says that a sanctuary will be set up for the wild horses in the Delft island in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

The Minister recently held a discussion with the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Douglas Devananda also.

Delft Island is a major tourist attraction in Jaffna district and the wild horses of Delft are believed to have come from a breeding stock maintained from the time of Portuguese occupation of the island.

The horses in hundreds roam freely over the flat, limestone-rich windswept plains of Delft. However, during the dry season, the Navy detachment in the island provides water to the horses.

Minister Soysa said that a discussion between the officials of the Ministry of Wildlife conservation, the District Secretariat of Jaffna and the Delft Pradeshiya Sabha run by government coalition EPDP, will be held soon regarding the sanctuary for the wild horses.

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