Dehiwala Zoo Spending The Day With Exotic Wildlife In Sri Lanka!

Blessed with a rich natural heritage, the island of Sri Lanka offers nature lovers countless hours of exploration and adventure amidst a breathtaking array of natural landscapes. Famed for its leopard and elephant safaris, the country is home to a fascinating range of wildlife that can be viewed in the many national parks and reserves around the island. However, those who do not have time to visit these extensive parks also have the option of visiting the well known Dehiwala Zoo which is an ideal family attraction.
Located just a few kilometres from Colombo city, this popular zoo covers an area of around 23 acres and is open daily from 8.30am to 6pm. There are over 3,000 animals at the Dehiwala Zoo covering approximately 350 animal species including a range of mammals, reptiles, fish, butterflies, marine invertebrates, amphibians and birds. The Arabian Oryx and the Black Rhinoceros are among the endangered species at this site which also conducts breading programmes.
As you explore the zoo’s diverse landscapes you will come across many animals that are both endemic as well as from other countries. Primates are one of the most popular animal species that can be viewed here. One can find approximately 16 monkey varieties including the purple faced leaf monkey and the toque monkey which are both endemic species. Orang-utans, gibbons, chimpanzees and spider monkeys are among the other primates that will surely captivate children.
Also popular are the members of the cat family; the African lion, the Sri Lankan leopard, the Bengal tiger and jaguar can all be seen here. The sloth bear, Eurasian otter, mouse deer, elephants and hippopotamus’ are among the other animals that inhabit the Dehiwala Zoo, while not to be missed are visits to the Bird Aviary, the Aquarium, the Amphibian Centre, the Butterfly Garden and the Hepetarium where you will find all manner of reptiles. There is also a daily elephant show and a sea lion show that can be enjoyed by all.
Those in search of accommodation close to the international airport can stay at Colombo airport hotels such as The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo. This modern airport hotel Colombo is only around 3.5 kms from the airport and approximately 30 kms from the commercial capital, Colombo where one can easily visit such attractions as the Dehiwala Zoo.