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* First safari park in Sri Lanka to open in April this year
Sat, Jan 4, 2014, 11:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has made arrangements to open the country's first safari park in April this year.

Secretary of the Botanical Gardens and Public Entertainment Ministry Willie Gamage told the media that the new zoo being constructed in Pinnawala will be completed and opened simultaneously to the opening of the safari park.

The safari park will be opened in Ridiyagama in Hambantota and according to the Ministry Secretary, the animals for the zoo and the national park have already been listed and prepared.

The construction work at the first Safari Park in the island started in 2008 under the direction of The National Zoological Department. The park covers an expanse of about 500 acres and it contains a public entertainment zone extending to about 69 acres.

Four of the park's six zones will be reserved for carnivorous animals while the remaining two zones will be set apart for the herbivores. Two zones of the carnivore section will be exclusively reserved for the dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, and leopards.

According to Gamage, the road network within the safari park is currently being constructed and will be completed by the time of the opening in April.

The Safari Park constructed at an estimated cost of 1.6 billion rupees is seen as an avenue to attract more tourists to the island and a boom to the tourism industry.

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