Sri Lanka’s first Open Air Zoo in Pinnawala will open on Friday (April 17). The public will be afforded a free opportunity to visit this Zoological Gardens until the 01st of next month.
The Pinnawala Open Air Zoo has been built with the aim of promoting the tourism industry. It spans 44 acres. Noteworthy is the allocation of the Zoo for animals endemic to the country.
Animals such as leopard, bears, deer and crocodiles will be conserved and an opportunity is afforded to observe their movements. The Zoological Director said that the Open Air Zoo has been built according to international standards. The total expenditure incurred on the construction was 800 million rupees. Joining in a function organized for the customary oil anointing ceremony at the Elephant Orphanage this morning, Minister Naveen Dissanayake mentioned that arrangements have been finalized for the opening of the Open Air Zoo adjacent to the Orphanage on Friday.
The Minister said that the New Zoological Gardens is a wealth of the Kegalla District. He mentioned that all arrangements have been made to open it on the 17th.
It will be the second Zoological Gardens in the country. He mentioned that the public will be afforded an opportunity to the pay visits to this Zoo from the 17th to the 30th of this month.