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  • Unexpected beauty of SRI LANKA’S MANGROVES

    While the country’s pristine beaches are the hottest draw, the shallow, shore-hugging waters where mangrove forests grow are also worth exploring Tourism in Sri Lanka – the tropical island nation just a stone’s throw from the tip of southern India – is on an upswing, thanks to thousands of miles of sugar-sand coastline, lush interiors […]

  • Wildlife officers rescue ‘Fishing Cat’ from well

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Wildlife Conservation’s (DWC) Sigirya office have managed to successfully rescue a large Fishing Cat (Handun Diviya) which had fallen into a well at Digampathana in Dambulla. The incident took place yesterday (17). Villagers had seen the Fishing Cat fallen inside the well unable to get out. They had at […]

  • Indira Gandhi Zoological Park initiates steps to bring 10 different species including Pygmy Hippo from Colombo

    The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has initiated steps to bring 10 different species of wild animals and birds from Israel, Colombo, Germany, Czech Republic and Japan zoos this year, the Deccan CHronicle reported. Zoo curator B. Vijaya Kumar was quoted as saying plans were underway to bring a Pygmy Hippopotamus from Colombo. Further, he said […]

  • Sri Lanka, it’s high time for a Green Revolution

    Sri Lanka, once identified at a time known granary of the East, is now almost reliant on imported food items. The unfolding problematic situation arose due to the considerable decline in domestic food production. As the global food crisis deepens due to various reasons, including armed conflicts, macro-economic collapses and natural disasters like droughts, many […]

  • Letters to the Editor

    Look beyond fumigation and burning garbage to tackle dengue menace It was reported that from the beginning of July, thousands of soldiers, airmen and sailors have supported the Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) in a house-to-house campaign to identify mosquito breeding areas and take corrective measures. I live in Kochchikade (Negombo) and, alas, I have hardly […]

  • Handy guide to Sri Lanka’s reptiles

    There is a long string of publications focusing on nature not only linked to Sri Lanka but also the region. The latest to ‘roll off the presses’ from John Beaufoy Publishing based in Oxford, England, are herpetological titles including ‘A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of Sri Lanka’ by Anslem de Silva and Kanishka Ukuwela. […]

  • Punishing drought takes heavy toll across Puttalam district

    The Puttalam district is experiencing its worst ever drought in the past four and a half decades – and the residents suffering from its devastating effects lament the Government’s assistance is woefully inadequate. Thabbowa: Dead monkeys on tree tops A Sunday Times investigation found that the drought has affected more than 164,000 people in 14 […]

  • Welcome rain brings some relief, but not enough to end drought

    While torrential rains this week brought much needed relief to several drought-hit regions, officials warned that the drought itself is set to continue at least until the beginning of October. Nuwara Wewa, Anuradhapura Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Mullaitivu districts all received heavy rainfall over three days this week, resulting in significant improvement in some areas […]

  • Explosives killing hundreds of elephants, protection handicapped

    A four-year-old elephant, which had suffered severe injuries after biting an explosives-packed device used to hunt wild animals for human consumption is fighting for its life. The illegal device commonly known as —‘hakka pattas’ — a mixture of explosives with lead and ball bearings inserted into a piece of pumpkin had been placed in a […]

  • Celebrating the uniqueness of Popham’s Arboretum

    Growing wild: Popham’s vision realised. Pix by Indika Handuwala I have been on so many overseas expeditions but this visit to Sri Lanka is undoubtedly the best so far both in terms of biodiversity and hospitality. Such diversity within one canvas is just incredible,” says Josh Raper, a Falmouth University Marine and Natural History Photography […]