Is the Dry Zone becoming a Wet Zone Many Sri Lankans may remember from school geography the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka is from North West (Puttalam) to East (Batticoloa) and South East (Hambanthota). In this area rain is received only from the North East (NE) monsoon, i.e. mid-late October to January. May to November is dry with hardly any rain.Has this changed. Last year (2015) there ...

Shark spotted in Menik Ganga This article was published on 16.02.2016 on SundayTimes – http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160214/news/extinct-shark-spotted-in-menik-ganga-182906.html A few months ago, the apex predator of the freshwater riverine habitats, the crocodile, was reported in the sea off Wellawatte; recently the apex predator of the ocean, the shark, was reported in a river. The latest sighting of a shark in a freshwater habitat was reported by a group of wildlife ...

A whale of a problem; Saving sea giants or saving industry Article published on 07.02.2016 on SudayTimes – http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160207/news/a-whale-of-a-problem-saving-sea-giants-or-saving-industry-182223.html Scientists and economists debate major step of shifting shipping route A Blue Whale hit by a ship in Lankan waters There was heated debate over the problem of saving whales off Sri Lanka from ship strikes as a three-day forum last week heard the faster speeds at which ships now travel pose a ...

Sri Lanka’s Most Dangerous Snakes Sri Lanka is home to a number of interesting species of snakes, and while this may bode well for reptile lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, there are others who – quite understandably – aren’t overly excited about it. We suspect this may have something to do with the fact that some of these snakes are highly venomous, which means they have ...

Sampur Coal Power Plant: Pollution Is Just The Tip of the Iceberg Sri Lanka on the international platform pledged the nation’s support to end an era of fossil fuel. The situation on ground zero, however, remains grim, as the country is forging ahead with the construction of a 500 megawatt coal power plant in Eastern Sri Lanka. On April 22, Sri Lanka joined 171 countries to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate ...

Sri Lanka And Sustainability: Common Misconceptions Last September, Sri Lanka pledged support towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. Since then, the Government has set up a Sustainable Development Secretariat under the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife.   According to the UNDP, the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda takes into account seventeen SDGs,  aiming “to end poverty, fight inequality ...

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 ...

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