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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 761554
Description: This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant...
This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
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Government neglecting their social obligation

The Environmental, Culture, Arts, Social and the wild exotic Animal Organisations etc. are is collecting more money for the foreign visitors, the managements and staffs are just... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Environmental, Culture, Arts, Social and the wild exotic Animal Organisations etc. are is collecting more money for the foreign visitors, the managements and staffs are just feeling the forms and collecting their wages and Government is neglecting their moral ans social obligations. They are giving huge amount of grants to preserve this most valuable natural assets but money goes... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can see the animals aren't treated that well. The elephants keep swinging from left to right and are chained up. The toilets are disgusting. The restaurant food isn't that great, it felt like a waste of my money. I was so excited to go to the zoo, but it was just a big let down. They overcharge tourists. I... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I have visited the zoo many times and every time i go the standards disappoint me. Its sad to see the state of some of the animal enclosures , specially the size and cleanliness. Only thing that keeps improving is the Aquatic exhibits and snakes. The sea lion show is at its infant stages, they have to do a BIG... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Hello This zoo is not one to take anyone when you can go to Yala down south for a day trip if you are staying in Colombo. Overpriced way to much for foreigners compared to Sri Lankans. You can go to an elephant orphanage around Kandy also just take the exporail train.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Ayubowan! Visited this place on 21st December 2014 with a local buddy. The location is easily reached by public buses. Upon reaching the Zoo entrance, I have sensed that something is not quite right as street peddlers, beggars are all over the place and the entrance is quite dirty littered with garbage. While at the ticket booth, I saw a... More 

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Colombo, null, Sri Lanka
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I actually came with two off my foreign friends , and was surprised that most animals we not to be seen in the cages, also the prices we increased for foreigners ! also people working at the zoo asking for money promising too show animals personally ! The zoo is a total disgrace and a utter disappointment ! Its rather... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Colombo has few children's attractions, and we take our daughter here perhaps once every three weeks. It provides a couple of hours of distraction/education. As stated by other reviewers, some animals need better care and more space; but this has improved over the past years, and the zoo provides an invaluable service to many locals who would normally be unable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The zoo is small, compact and well organized in terms of sections and numbering. It is easy to follow and to see all animals up there. However, the zoo needs more work to accommodate visitors with continues extra care, cleaning of rest areas and passages. Also, the admission ticket cost for foreign visitors is high (Rs. 2,500) compared with local... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I've been to a few zoos in my life and yes, I do recognise the lack of funds and resources available to a country like Sri Lanka to be able to maintain it to the standard of western countries. However, I do have be to honest here and this place left me feeling sad. These animals were kept in pretty... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

There is not adequate parking at the zoo so for us that live around it there is constant noice, lots of trash and impossible to come home and park. Over priced for foreigners and poorly maintained zoo that is why it is under investigation but the Sri Lankans love it......

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