Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Main opposition to submit a report on the condition of Sri Lanka's national zoo
Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 12:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) MP and economist Dr. Harsha de Silva said a report would be submitted on the party's observation mission to the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala.

A group of UNP MPs including Dr. de Silva visited the national zoo today on a fact finding mission to learn about the problems afflicting the public tourist attraction.

Opposition MPs Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith P. Perera, Ajith Mannapperuma, R. Yogarajan and Ruwan Wijewardena also participated in the visit.

The MPs toured the zoo and discussed with the officials and the visitors. The MPs said they were prompted to visit the zoo after several issues of concern in the establishment were brought to their attention.

MP Perera said the condition of the zoo has been deteriorated over the years and the authorities have neglected the maintenance of the facilities and the well-being of the animals leading to the deaths of several animals recently.

MP de Silva said that four veterinary surgeons were withdrawn from the national zoo in one day and a hippopotamus had died on that day. Two days earlier also another hippo had died. A lion had also died in this period, he said.

The MP said the elephant circus which was shown in the zoo for a long time had been suspended. The zoo aquarium remains without any improvement for 40 years.

The MP however said that the observation report would not be compiled to put the officials in trouble. He highlighted that the zoo could not be maintained as a quality service under these conditions

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
CSE wins Global HR Excellence Award for Best Workplace Practices
-- [40 minutes ago]
State Fisheries Minister orders investigation into fire in the hi-tech fishing trawler on its maiden sail
-- [1 hour and 21 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka President receives warm welcome in Islamabad
-- [9 hours ago]
Bangladesh Navy ship Bangabandhu arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit
-- [9 hours ago]
Law & Order Minister says underworld is being effectively suppressed
Review of new electoral system needed - PM
UNP MPs sign motion expressing confidence in PM, debate on no-confidence motion on 4th April
UNP and UPFA decide to jointly establish power in Galle MC
Footsteps to Freedom II: Walking hand in hand towards better mental health in Sri Lanka
President orders immediate halt to construction projects, land filling in Muthurajawela sanctuary

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.