Dehiwala Zoo Sri lanka
Some 10km south of Fort within the suburb of Dehiwala, the national Zoo (daily 8.30am–6pm ) is home to a superb number Sri Lankan, Asian, African and South American wildlife housed in mostly tolerable conditions . Sri Lankan species here include cute sloth bears, monkeys, porcupines, jungle- and fishing-cats, plenty of birds and a number of leopards, segment of zoo’s good collection of big cats, which also includes jaguars, lions, tigers and cheetahs. The zoo is also home to a range of Asian and a couple of African elephants; they can be seen performing for the popular “elephant dance” (daily at 4.30pm) during this these surprisingly agile pachyderms perform various party tricks to the never failing pleasure of local schoolchildren and other elephant lovers.
The zoo’s large collection of monkeys includes instances of all the native primates, such as purple-faced leaf monkey, grey langur and toque macaque. There’s also a big selection of other mammals, from African giraffes and springboks or South American guanacos and tapirs to Australian red-necked wallabies and gigantic red kangaroos .
plus a cage full of rabbits. There’s also a superb collection of birdlife, including some fabulously large and fluffy owls, lots of cockatoos and macaws and toucans. There’s a massive walk-in aviary full of Sri Lankan species.A good place to practice your bird-spotting skills. As well as the caged birdlife, a flooded quarry at one end of the zoo serves as a magnet to Colombo’s aquatic birds, which are fed daily at 3.30pm. Egrets, herons and pelicans from all over the city flock here – a fine sight at feeding times, when hundreds swoop down onto the water. In case you feel like some food yourself, there’s a restaurant inside the zoo, as well as a lot of kiosks selling drinks and snacks. To reach the zoo, catch any bus running south along Duplication Road/Galle Road to the suburb of Dehiwala, and after that either walk or get a tuktuk.