Dehiwela Zoo to be a night park with animals no longer caged

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Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said today plans were afoot to upgrade the Dehiwala National Zoological Garden into a night park before the 2017 National New Year.

He said the development of the Zoological Gardens would be completed in three stages with the animals being allowed to roam free and no longer confined to cages.

The minister said the proposals for this purpose would be presented to the Cabinet today.

 “The Zoological Garden is more than 100 years old and the manner in which it was operated during colonial rule will not be applicable in this day and age. The practice of caging animals must be discontinued and they should also be allowed to enjoy their freedom,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 15

  • thumpane gamaya Friday, 25 November 2016 03:15 PM

    I stop visiting the dehiwala Zoo because I could not enjoy the visit looking at these poor helpless animals caged. This is a good move and please expedite the process.

    Sid Friday, 25 November 2016 03:42 PM

    Can we cage the human animals In the empty cages just to show how dangerous humans are?

    brainmaster Friday, 25 November 2016 04:06 PM

    It will be a failure, thereafter they will close the zoo and that primeland will be offered to investors, many have an eye on it.

    ANTON Friday, 25 November 2016 04:11 PM

    YES !!! .... SAY FOR INSTANCE, THE PARLIAMENT ....

    Alf Saturday, 26 November 2016 08:34 AM

    Good move. But is the space enough for a Night Park? Better shift most of the the animals to the already opened safari park at Ridiyagama and turn Dehiwela into a bird park

    TONY Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:27 AM

    HOW SAFE WILL THE VISITORS BE WHEN THE ANIMALS ARE SET FREE

    ANTON Saturday, 26 November 2016 10:07 AM

    NOW THE HUMANS ARE MORE CRUEL THAN THE ANIMALS , THEY ARE AFRAID OF HUMANS...... NO ISSUE !

    gobbaya Friday, 25 November 2016 07:14 PM

    we already have an open zoo at diyawannawa.....lol... via DM Android App

    ala Saturday, 26 November 2016 01:13 PM

    Can we have the 18 convicts who were given death sentences also on display?

    clothed animals Saturday, 26 November 2016 01:37 PM

    This Zoo will become a major attraction if these animals roam about inside the well sans their usual coverings ! !

    sri lankan Friday, 25 November 2016 08:54 PM

    Very good start but later free them to the Forest. .

    Sri Lankan Monday, 28 November 2016 01:16 PM

    You could be the first in line. :)

    Ranil Tillekeratne Friday, 25 November 2016 02:48 PM

    This is a good move but i think if they want animals enjoy their freedom free them go and put them in to a forest we dont need a Zoo

    ach-cha-ru Friday, 25 November 2016 02:57 PM

    Residents besides zoo should cage your house otherwise these animals will come to your houses. This zoo is not that big for cage free environment. Those men should put more attention on animal's health, food and cage standard's.

    Dilan M Friday, 25 November 2016 02:59 PM

    Great move.


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