Dehiwala zoo, which is better known as the national zoo of sri lanka, was founded in 1936. it is spread over wide areas and is a host to a wide variety of birds and animals. presently, this zoo has approximately 3000 animals of nearly 250 different species. though the apparent objective of setting up this zoo was to exhibit animals, it is now treated as an animal welfare and conservation center.
john hagenbeck, who initially started the dehiwala zoo, belongs to a family engaged in animal circuses. he collected and kept the animals in this premises for trade. mr. hagenbeck exported wild animals to europe to his brother carl hagenbeck who was one of the biggest animal dealer in europe at that time. to hold the animals before exporting them to europe he bought 05 acres of land at dehiwala at the beginning of the century. this became quite popular among the residents of the area. the total area of the collection centre was increased to 11 acres to hold the animals received. subsequently the centre was taken over by the government in 1936. the extent of the land was increased gradually to present status of 23 acres
colombo zoo is open 8.30am to 6pm every day of the year, including sinhala – tamil new year & christmas day, thipongal day. last ticket sale at 5.30pm.
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Colombo Zoo is located at Dehiwala
The Zoo is situated just a few kilometers from the Colombo city which makes a easy journey by public transport or private vehicle
From Colombo port, Bus Route Number 101 stops at Dehiwala junction, and get the Bus Route Number 176 or 118.
From Airport, Bus Route Number 187 stops at Amar street junction, and get the Bus Route Number 176 or 118.
The easiest way to visit Colombo Zoo is by train, get train from Colombo port and leave from Dehiwala station which near station to Colombo zoo and get Bus Route Number 176 or 118.