Although it has always been a principle concern for animal rights activists, in recent times, even the local media has been paying close attention to the state of animals in captivity. Particular emphasis has been given to the state of Sri Lanka’s National Zoological Gardens, more popularly known as the ‘Dehiwala Zoo’. The state-run Daily News this March ran an ...

It’s no secret that Sri Lanka offers some great opportunities to check out wildlife ‒ is it safe to say that our island could be one of the world’s best wildlife tourism hubs? Our article here explored this idea ‒ now here’s a video that gives you some visual insight too. The post Video: Sri Lanka – The next hub for wildlife tourism? appeared first on Roar.lk.

The Government’s controversial 65,000 housing project in the North and East continues to come under heavy criticism with the latest call for review of the entire project by the Tamil National Alliance. A team of experts, all faculty members from the University of Moratuwa has recently released a preliminary report of their comparison of the proposed steel houses by ArcelorMittal ...

Fashion that doesn't bleed! Been a very very long time since I wrote something on the blog... :) But moving and being busy doesn't really help. So becoming vegetarian (again) wasn't really something I saw my self being capable of doing, because come on Australia has so much of wine, and with wine comes cheese and cold cuts.. But once I put my mind ...

Saving Sri Lanka’s Marine Turtles If you caught the previous article and video we ran about sea turtles, you already know that there are seven species of sea turtles that roam the world’s oceans. A quick scan of the World Wildlife Federation website (www.worldwildlife.org) shows that they work on the protection of five of these seven species. Surprise surprise then, that these are the exact ...

The Plight Of Our Animals in Captivity Picture this: a leopard in the wild. It doesn’t matter if it is bringing down a150 pound buck, having a game of rough-and-tumble with a litter-mate, or simply snoozing on a shady branch. Out there, it is wild, unfettered, and free in every sense of the word. Born free; a leopard in the wild/ Image credits: invitetoparadise.com Did you know ...

Image Courtesy “https://stevecutts.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/the-last-handshake/” The question remains. For Srilanka, in terms of its list of priorities, is Megapolis an absolute necessity or just another luxury that we can’t afford? or worse, a luxury that will eventually drive us and the world over the precipice? There is a popular proverb. Look before you leap. Nonetheless it has been our tradition in Srilanka ...

A Safari Park In The South The Ridiyagama Safari Park is a project by the Department of National Zoological Gardens, opened to the public on March 28 this year. The project’s key aims are to provide a suitable natural habitat for excess animals of the Dehiwela Zoo, conduct breeding programmes on threatened animal species, and to educate people on animal conservation. Matara Beach. The Safari Park ...

Five out of the seven marine turtle species in the world visit the shores of Sri Lanka, and all of them face potential threats from human activity. Here’s a video that should help you learn more about these five sea turtles, a topic we’ve also explored in our previous article here. Cover image credit: Adhith Swaminathan The post Video: Why ...

Inhumanity and animal-cruelty through a Brusselsian lens Brussels -- a TRAGEDY!The word in the local streets is ‘heat’, and it comes with ‘blackouts’, ‘unannounced power cuts’, ‘sabotage-claims’ and ‘incompetence’. The word in the global streets is actually a proper noun: ‘Brussels’. A few days ago, more than 30 people were killed and dozens injured in attacks at the Brussels international airport and a city metro station. Maybe ...

Live Web Cam - MR. PRESIDENT & THE FIRST LADY (Bald Eagles) In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital (Washington, DC), nestled high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture. This is the first Bald Eagle pair to nest in this ...

I closed my eyes and turned to the sun. A million arteries stretching, straining Red blotches expanding I feel as if I’m hovering beneath the surface of a crimson sea -floating Red and orange Blood and light -piercing Fire against my eyeballs A maze of vessels Red, all red consuming me. Splashes of fire against pulsing blood setting it on ...

The Indian Ocean is heating up faster than the other oceans of the world. Why is this happening, and what could this mean for Sri Lanka? Roar recently spoke to climate scientist Dr. Roxy Mathew Koll to understand the issue better. Check out our video here to understand why we need to be concerned, and read our article for a ...

Prof. Dharmawardana has an article that dismisses links between CKDu, glyphosate and chemical fertilizers. However this analysis is severely flawed.To quote Prof. Dharmawardana: New Zealand is one of the biggest users of synthetic fertilizer, applying 1700 kg/hectare in 2012. Other comparative figures (per hectare, World Bank data) are, Malaysia,1600, Singapore 3400, Holland 300, India 165, Sri Lanka 198, Nicaragua 50. ...

It’s High Time Sri Lanka Banned Bottom Trawling For those of you unacquainted with the issue or the concept, bottom trawling is an industrial fishing method whereby fishing nets, with large weights attached to them, are dragged across the seafloor, indiscriminately catching everything in their path. Unfortunately, this method catches more than just the targeted fish, and results in nearly 90% of the “catch” (which includes corals and ...

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