'Join us and feel how well we live’
Five leopards with their rusty yellow coats, dark spots and close-set
rosettes on their bodies could be seen walking about in the Pinnawela
zoo. These were the only animals that caught our fancy. They are also
known as Panthera pardus kotiya. Their enigmatic expressions were a
The theme ‘Join us and feel how well we live’ is a reality when one
sees the huge leopards moving freely and hiding behind trees. Their skin
with rosettes were similar to those of the jaguar. It was really amazing
to watch them running within their boundary. Their eyes were enormous
but they never got fully round like a big cat's pupils do.They were
looking at the visitors in a shrewd manner making funny sounds.
We were rather surprised at the growls made by a female leopard as
she was trying to climb a tree.
The zoo follows International trend in specialised zoos that rare
animals in environments stimulating their natural ecological habitats.
The zoo is adjoining the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Anyone who
makes a visit to the zoo, could visit the Elephant Orphanage as well.
we think it is little too early anyway to visit the zoo because most
of the animals are still to come. Once the animals are transferred here
, then it will be a worthwhile visit. The Pinnawala zoo is still under
construction. They are planning to bring in more and more animals in the
near future. The crocodile and sloth bear ranges are also still under