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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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A bit over priced

The price for foreigners is steep - 2500 vs 700 for locals. Otherwise I thought it was an interesting place to visit, a lot of animals to see, beautiful plants and trees. You can... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Karachi, Pakistan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I love this place and was excited to see the Elephants. I was impressed by the way all the elephants were treated and enjoyed seeing the baby elephants drink milk. It was also nice to see them play in the river. The shops around are good as well.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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18 reviews 18 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I'm sure u also wanna take ur children away from their iPads, PSPs and whatsapps. And show them the Real world that we are living in. This zoo is the best place to do so. Though the tickets are a bit expensive for non Sri Lankans, its worth it! So many animals, birds, butterflies, reptiles.. Clean and green environment!! The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The price for foreigners is steep - 2500 vs 700 for locals. Otherwise I thought it was an interesting place to visit, a lot of animals to see, beautiful plants and trees. You can certainly spend the entire day there

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
66 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

beautiful grounds, long walks to the animals, but worth it, they have lions,white tigers, Bengal tigers,leopard, big cats, lots and lots and more lots,the elephant show was the best iv seen, great fun, and if your into birds,find out what time feeding time is! They have wild grey not our usall white ones! I was lucky enough to see a... More 

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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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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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126 reviews 126 reviews
56 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
44 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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