The banks of Kala Wewa and Balalu Wewa are to be declared as national wild life parks by the Ministry of Wildlife on October 17.
The area has a high density of flora and fauna and a number of tourists visit the area on a daily basis.
It is reported the banks are home to some of the largest elephant herds in Sri Lanka. At least about 50 tuskers are among those herds.
It is also said that Minister Sajith Premadasa who is a frequent visitor of the area had named each and every tusker in the herd. (Tex and Video by Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)
Comments - 5
Cobra Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:09 AM
As long as they do not allow encroachment by people or it will be back to square one re human animal conflict!
Gayan Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:21 AM
Where these national parks are?. Should I google Kala Wewa and Balalu Wewa hoping to find it myself on the map?
sacre blieu Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:37 AM
The Move is commendable. Sadly,the explosion of human population and the need to sustain life and by farming has seen the encroachment of these jungles and has narrowed down the free habitat of the animals. The animals are guided by their limited intelligence by nature and are now finding their habitat taken over by man. They move in the only environment they know and used to, and as a result this conflict persists. The now , limited bio-diversity is of extreme importance and the further destruction will be to our peril. Promoting tourism should be carefully considered if the natural habitat is going to be effected adversely. A recent clip of vehicles in one of our protected reserves showed the provocation of the animals by the jeep driver for the entertainment of the clients. The moot poj there is who should we identify as animals.
Siri Saturday, 03 October 2015 06:53 PM
Very commendable that the basic right of animals to live is honoured and enhanced in this manner. And thank you!
Namal Saturday, 03 October 2015 10:40 AM
Its in Anuradapura district. Balalu wewa is actually adjoining to Kalawewa where you get famous Awukana Statue.
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