Arrangements have been made to open the Small Animal Zone, Animal Conservation and Migratory Birds Rescue Centre under the Second Phase of Hambantota Ridiyagama Safari Park at 10 a.m. today.
The Second Phase will be opened under the patronage of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, the Secretary of the Ministry Chandra Herath. Director General of Wildlife Chandana Suriyabandara and Director General of the National Zoological Department will participate in the event.
An area of about 500 acres has been allocated for the Ridiyagama Safari Park and 13 Zones have been set up for different types of animals.
At present, about 200 acres of it has been developed and in it administrative buildings, animal hospital, visitor facilities, shops, parking lots, etc. and several animal zones have been completed.
These Animal Zones are the African Lion Zone which is in an area of about 35 acres, the Herbivorous Animals Zone which is spread over 80 acres and the Asian Elephant Zone which is 54 acres and the Bengal Tiger Zone. The Zone proposed to be opened today (04) consists of three zones. There is a zone for small herbivorous animals like Gona Muwa (Hog Deer), Olu Muwa (Barking Deer), Meeminna (Jungle or Field Rat) etc. and a Zone for children to have fun with pets has also been built in this new section. Apart from that, an animal breeding conservation centre has also been built and that part is not open for visitors. Arrangements have been made to open a special rescue centre for migratory birds here.
According to the National Zoological Department, priority has been given to opportunities such as feeding pets and taking photos with animals.