On a safari we can go
Lanka's first ever Safari Park, the massive 500-acre zoological
development in Ridiyagama, Hambantota, was opened last week with
Minister of Sustainable Development & Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama
Perera doing the honours. Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith
Premadasa, MP Chamal Rajapaksa and other dignitaries also participated
at the event.
Construction on the six-zone park, carried out on the direction of
the National Zoological Department, commenced in 2008. Work on three of
the zones was completed in time for the March 28 opening. The rest of
the zones are to be completed next year.
The Park, estimated to cost Rs 1.6 billion, will have four zones
reserved for carnivorous animals, two of them exclusively for dangerous
animals including leopards and tigers. . The balance two are reserved
for herbivores. The zones are named as World Zone, Land Zone, African
Elephant Park and Sri Lanka Elephant Park. The World Zone already has
Among the completed sections are a veterinary hospital, the internal
and external paved road network, small water reservoirs, the security
fence and the electric fence.
(Pix Ashraff. A. Samad)