New laws on wildlife conservation
The Sports and Public Recreation Ministry together with the
Environment and Natural Resources Ministry is to bring in new laws
pertaining to wildlife conservation and zoo management in line with
recommendations of the South Asian Zoo Association for Regional
SAZARC’s Nineth Annual Conference is held in Colombo from February 10
to 15 organised by the Ministry of Sports and Public Recreation and the
National Zoological Gardens. The Conference’s main theme this year is
Zoo Legislation and Regulation.
SAZARC Secretary General Sally Walker, experts in the field of zoo
management from SAARC countries, SAZARC President and Additional
Secretary of the Sport and Recreation Ministry H. M.B. Herath, Secretary
of Ministry S.Liyanagama, National Zoological Gardens Director Duminda
Dissanayaka, resource persons from conservationists in the US and UK
were present at the inauguration ceremony, which was held at Palm Beach
Hotel, Mount Lavinia.
Sports and Public Recreation Minister Gamini Lokuge was the chief
The Minister asked SAZARC Secretary General Sally Walker and zoo
personnel from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan and
resource persons from US, UK and UAE to provide their valuable input,
proposals and recommendations during their zoo visits so that the staff
of the National Zoological Gardens Department would be able to consider
them in their decision making.
Speaking on Sri Lanka’s efforts in zoo management, Minister Lokuge
said they have raised the standards of the Dehiwala Zoological Garden
and the open zoo at Pinnawala.
“The Department of National Zoological Gardens has designed the first
ever Safari Park in Sri Lanka which is 500 acres in extent and will be
established in Ridyagama,” he said.