New zone at Ridiyagama to be opened

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The Department of National Zoological Gardens will declare open another zone in the Ridiyagama Safari Park to coincide with World Animal Day on 4 October. 

An area of about 500 acres has been allocated to the Ridiyagama Safari Park and 13 zones have been set up for different types of animals. At present, about 200 acres has been developed and is comprised of administrative buildings, animal hospital, visitor facilities, shopping malls, parking lots, while several animal zones have also been completed. These include the African Lion zone which is in an area of around 35 acres, the herbivore zone which is spread over 80 acres, the Asian Elephant zone which is 54 acres and the Bengal Tiger zone.

 The zone to be opened on 4 October is comprised of 34 acres and consists of three sections. There will be a section for small herbivorous animals and a petting zoo. According to the Department of National Zoological Gardens, opportunities such as feeding animals and taking photos have been prioritised in the new zone.

While an animal breeding conservation centre has also been built in the said area, it is not open to visitors. (FT)