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Block one of the Yala National Park, considered to be the main tourism zone of Yala, would be closed from September 2 to October 31, Director General of the Wildlife Conservation Department,  M.G.C. Sooriyabandara said.

“This is to ease the stress on animals considering warm season,” he said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said the department used to close down one of the five blocks in the park once a year owing to ecological reasons.

“The animals also need a rest,” he said.

“The animals get often distracted due to the frequent arrival of local and foreign people into the park. Hence, the department should make sure the safety of the animals,” Sooriyabandara said.

He said the particular period would be made use to renovate the infrastructure of the tourist guest houses inside the park. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Rufus Norton Monday, 13 August 2018 07:55 PM

    Oh, that's great, we have someone who is concerned about the comfort of animals and not only about money. Animal welfare is seriously lacking in this so-called Buddhist country.

    Luipaard Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:41 AM

    Great that the wildlife department is taking these steps. Tourism and money is nothing if we have stressed and tortured animals. I hope however they let the rangers go in just in case poachers use the absence of visitors to get up to their dirty deeds.

    Ruchira Tuesday, 14 August 2018 04:31 AM

    Sajith, please don't go there during that period...!

    tom Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:16 AM

    Timely decision, thanks to the Minister Field Marshal Hon. Sarath Fonseka and the DG of the Wildlife Department.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:04 AM

    The WCD should buy a limited number of eco-friendly round-trip vehicles of the newest international standard for the national parks. Only these vehicles, operated by Rangers and specially trained WCD drivers, should be allowed to undertake round-trips for tourists in the parks. That would be for the good of the animals, the environment and the tourists. Get rid of the uneducated hooligan drivers with their outdated and unsafe jeeps.

    Observer Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:02 PM

    What is the possibility that this decision will also be overturned?

    Premawathie Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:04 PM

    Its an annual event, and has been the case for ages. This dude has made it seem like his idea. Typical.

    Tourism Industry Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:03 PM

    Not sure why he has made this like a big announcement. This happens annually, due to to the low water reserves in Yala as animals move away. Just look it up. Its closed for about a month every year.


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