Some Dehiwala Zoo animals to be relocated

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The Department of National Zoological Gardens has initiated a programme to relocate foreign animals at the Dehiwala Zoological Garden to Pinnawala Zoo.

During a discussion held between Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera and officials of the Ministry on Friday (17), Amaraweera questioned officials as to why the Pinnawala Zoo has not gained public attention.

The officials responded that there is a lack of foreign exotic animals at the Pinnawala Zoo, following which it was stated that the animal exchange programme that was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic will resume in the near future.

Amaraweera also said a large number of funds have been contributed to the Contribution Sponsorship Programme launched for the care of animals due to the lack of financial resources to feed animals in zoos.

Further, the Department of National Zoological Gardens has also taken steps to open a new twenty-acre Animal Husbandry Centre in Ridiyagama.

Future development activities of Pinnawala and Ridiyagama Zoological Gardens were also discussed at the meeting. Secretary to the Ministry, Chandra Herath and the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation were also present at the meeting.

(FT)