Hi all, hope you are doing well. Today I’m going to show you another attraction close to the country’s capital. That is the National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka, in short, Dehiwala Zoo (‘Dehiwala’ means the town where it is situated). The facility is managed and maintained by the Department of National Zoological Gardens. Its head office is also situated within the zoo premises.
I happened to visit there recently with my camera. So today I’m going to share the images I captured there, with you. Today I don’t have much to talk. You all know what you will get to see in the zoo. In Dehiwala Zoo you will meet both locally found animals and those who aren’t locally found. There are mammals, birds, Butterflies, reptiles, fish etc.
These long legged and long necked Herons can be seen right at the entrance. The amazing thing is, there is no cage around them, but they don’t leave.
Here is the map of the zoo. I recommend to refer it before starting the journey. It will help you to manage your route.
It was very hard to catch this guy in the frame.
There are two bird enclosures in Dehiwala Zoo. This Beautiful Macaw spotted in one of them. There are lots more of them there.
This funny parrot literally posed to the camera.:D
Caught this interesting scene in the same enclosure as above. A Cockatoo was eating a Maize (Corn) holding by one of his legs (or hands). I have never seen anything like this before.
There is a pond dedicated to Geese.
He doesn’t care anyone around, he is just sleeping.
But the below ones are totally different. They are showing off very much.:D (The videos posted here is captured by a smartphone camera in an earlier day. So please don’t mind the quality.)
(All these videos are uploaded to my ‘Explore Sri Lanka YouTube Channel‘.)
This one was also walking very fast. Took a number of shots to capture him. This one is also little bit blurred.
See the below video from a different angle.
Oh snap! He caught me shooting him. He is angry I guess.:D This one is taken at the second bird enclosure.
On my recent visit I saw that they are transferred to another cage temporarily. Couldn’t capture them properly due the glass around the cage.
This one made me really sad. Seems like he really needs to go out of that cage.
Among other Elephants there is a different one. He is an African Elephant, you won’t see them in Sri Lankan jungles.
This guy was sleeping on wooden attic without any hesitation.
A set of Deers eating
An Orangutan on a wooden attic
His horns are gorgeous right? Their name is Greater Kudu.
Saw an interesting thing there. There is a height scale for Giraffes in their cage. Yeah, he is 12 feet tall!
This is the saddest thing I saw in Dehiwala Zoo. This Mule looked so sad, and he desperately needed people to caress him. When someone goes close to the cage, he puts his head out through the bars to be caressed.
These Zebras were eating and they have positioned into nice pattern.
All the images are not shown here. Please visit the Gallery below to see the complete set of images.
There are more…
So sorry that I couldn’t cover the whole zoo this time. There are a lot more animals there, Lions, Horses, Reptiles, Butterflies, Sloth Bear, Chimpanzees, etc. Further, there is a large aquarium also.
Please don’t get me wrong though that I accept the animal captivity. They don’t deserve to be caged in any form.
Here is the link to the web page of Dehiwala Zoo from the website of the governing body, Department of National Zoological Gardens.
So you had a journey through Dehiwala Zoo with me. Again, make sure you visit image gallery for complete set of images. See you in the next post.