The Dehiwala Zoo Controversy: To Shut Down or Not?

Will the (in)famous Dehiwala Zoo that just completed 80 years running soon be shut down? While pressure is mounting on zoo officials to end the suffering of its animals, a battle rages on, with some environmentalists demanding that the zoo be shut down altogether, and others suggesting that it be developed, and continue functioning as a conservation and education centre. ...

Sea Turtle Conservation, Mount Lavinia

Our Turtle Conservation Project Started in 2003, the Our Turtle Conservation Project [OTCP in short] has been going strong in protecting Sea Turtles and hatching eggs. One would be pleasantly surprised to find… Continue reading →

Sri Lanka’s Dugongs Need Protection

Among the wide range of marine mammals that inhabit our waters, is the critically endangered dugong, also known as the sea cow or lady of the sea. The What? A dugong grazing on seagrass. Image credit: Taher The dugong (Dugong dugon) is one of the smaller marine mammals that roam the seas. Dugongs are dun or grey in colour, ...

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perturbed slumber
A shelter for silver threads of woe an immense pool of healing where salt meets salt where fettered dejection is tossed into the wind — weary lungs gulping freedom, a vast body of squirming life where solace is embraced, a haven for those lost in land a miracle in liquid form with open arms to welcome weary souls back home ...

Wildlife Poaching In Sri Lanka: It Is As Ugly As It Sounds

Earlier this month, the Police arrested six men after photographs of them posing with shotguns and the carcasses of several wild animals went viral on the internet. The images depict the hunters posing rather proudly next to the animals they’d killed, or in some cases holding them up like a prized trophy. Sadly, this is hardly the first incident in ...

Is the Air Pollution Analysis for the Sampur Coal Plant Credible?

Featured image courtesy Tamil Guardian From Lareef Zubair, with contributors Shashini Rathnayake, Janan Vishwanathan and Zeenas Yahiya of the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology Where does the Wind take pollutants from Sampur? As per modern myth, school texts, national atlases, and indigenous forecasters, the wind blows from the North-East over Sri Lanka at the turn of the calendar year. ...

Enchanting Forest

Another photo from the cloud forest of Sri Pada reserve. Isn't it magical to wander in these forests?

Cloud Forest

Cloud forests are generally found in tropical mountainous areas. The main characteristic is that there is a low cloud layer. The mist gives an enchanted look to the forest. Cloud forests are quite rare and found in very few places in the world. Luckily, we find cloud forests in most of the montane rain forests in Sri Lanka.Above picture was taken in side a cloud forest somewhere in Sri Pada range.

Muthurajawela Marsh ‒ A Hidden Sanctuary in Negombo

Negombo is a pretty big city just north of Colombo on the west coast. Its economy is based on its fishing industry and tourism. It’s where you go for fish, great seafood, Italian coffee, and some beach time. Basically, it’s where you go when you are too lazy to go down south. (Though that coffee is pretty good.) But if ...

Sri Lanka’s Extinct Big Cats

Although relatively unknown, there is a very great possibility that our land was once home to big cats aside from the present day leopards – specifically, lions and tigers, and not just the ones depicted in ancient art and architecture. Archaeologists in Sri Lanka have dug up a number of interesting finds over the decades, one of the most popular ...

Climate Change and the Future of Mankind

Enigmatic Journal
(Photo Courtesy: )Since the beginning of mankind, humans tried to master the environment around them. Now thousands of years later in the 21stcentury it seems that the humans have finally conquered the Mother Nature. Humans have habitats in all possible places in the earth ranging from freezing Antarctic ice caps to scorching deserts regardless of their hostile environment. It ...

Sri Lanka’s Stray Dog Situation ‒ How Should It Be Dealt With?

The Government recently announced its decision to create a new policy regarding Sri Lanka’s stray dogs, and Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs) and animal lovers are not too happy about this for many reasons. Last week we brought you a breakdown of the country’s current street dog situation, covering how it has been dealt with, some of its contributory factors, as ...

Everything You Need To Know About Sri Lanka’s Stray Dog Situation

Before the floods occurred, the Government’s spotlight had been trained on the country’s street pooches, and animal welfare organisations (AWOs), activists and animal lovers had been up in arms in their defense. With a hundred different claims, rebuttals, and proposals flying back and forth in the news and social media, it has been pretty hard to sift through all that ...

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Adventures In A Tuk Tuk
Yesterday was World Environment Day, 5 June 2016. It even has its own website, which states that it "is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment."I posted this picture to the Adventures in a Tuk-tuk Facebook pageIt was one of many posts across social media highlighting awareness and action ...

A Thought for World Environment Day 2016…!!

Window to Nature
Today, 5th of June is the World Environment Day 2016. I had a little field visit to the neighborhood land in the morning with my little ‘birding companion’ to feel the nature to celebrate the day. The land was full of grass that still holds silvery morning dew. As we walked in, grasshoppers that disturbed by our foot movements jumped ...

Glyphosate Found in Urine of 93 percent of Americans Tested

Wilpattu House
Glyphosate, labeled a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, has now been revealed to be ubiquitous in the first ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America.In a unique public testing project carried out by a laboratory at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), glyphosate was discovered ...

The Dangers Of Lightning And How To Stay Safe

The cyclone may have passed, and the flood water may have receded, but monsoon is still upon us. Lightning streaked skies will not be an uncommon phenomenon, so it’s best if we islanders take precautions.   Just this month, a seventeen year old boy died due to electrocution by lightning. The number of lives lost annually (both human and animals) ...

World’s first EleFriendly bus launches in Wasgamuwa

The first EleFriendly bus in the world was launched on the 23rd of May, in a village in the Wasgamuwa National Park. The launch was held in the Pussellayaya Temple within the Wasgamuwa National Park, located in the middle of Sri Lanka. This bus will help reduce human-elephant conflict by allowing the villagers to safely cross the ancient elephant corridor ...

Is the Dry Zone becoming a Wet Zone

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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

Window to Nature
This article was published on 16.02.2016 on SundayTimes – 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 ...