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The National Zoological Gardens/Dehiwela Zoo

Dehiwala, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Location : Dehiwala
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Situated about 10Km from Colombo the National Zoological Garden was once considered one of the finest zoos in Asia. Although it hasn’t quite managed to live up to that reputation it is still one of the best places to see various wild animals, birds, fish, butterflies, etc.
The trail is well marked so you won’t miss anything. Covering the whole zoo in detail takes most of the day but it is a day well spent. The most popular items are the elephant show and the sea lion show. They are in the evening so it is the perfect way to finish your tour of the zoo. The zoo opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
The zoo places an emphasis on animal conservation and welfare, and education. The zoo exchanges its residents with other zoological gardens for breeding purposes.
Sri Lanka has a history of collecting and keeping wild animals as pets by some Sinhalese kings as well as some British people. What is known today as National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was founded by John Hagenbeck in the late 1920s.
The diversity of the zoo is indicated by the presence of an aquarium walk through aviary, reptile house, butterfly garden and many cages and enclosures.

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