Third zone of the Yala National Wildlife Park was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday (Februay 5).
The visitors can access the Zone 3 of the Wildlife Park now via a gate in Galge area on the Buttala - Kataragama highway.
Yala National Wildlife Park has five zones and three of them are now open for the visitors including foreign tourists.
Only the Zone 1 of the Park was open for the public in the past due to terrorist threats.
Yala is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka.
The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
The CNN Traveller magazine in its January 2011 issue featured Sri Lanka's Yala National Park as a place of natural wonders.