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Zoological Gardens

Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #21 of 49 attractions in Colombo
Type: Zoos, Castles
Description: This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I visited National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala with my family on 05th July 2014. There are many species of animals, birds, reptiles and fish. We enjoyed much watching animals and their activities. The most attractive animal for us was the seal fish near the entrance in the large pond. This zoo is a really nice place to visit with your kids.... More

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Male
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Visited the zoo with family , there is a special rate for the fee for Srilankans & SAARC countries, the zoo is huge with loads of animals, & lots of trees. but animals are kept in poor conditions & the map is not very clear. Be warned of the people trying to sell things near the gates of the zoo... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I liked the zoo very much. There are more animals than the zoos in kerala... It was a lot of fun. Just wanted to spend some more time over there

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

For some reason, I tend to seek out zoos and botanical gardens in cities that I visit. Just seems to provide a respite from whatever hectic activities I might be involved in during my stay. Colombo’s Zoological Gardens is very well stocked with a wide range of animals from lemurs and wild pheasants to elephants, lions, tigers and giraffes. The... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This zoo had an extensive selection of animals and it's good to be able to see them so close up and touch some of them but the conditions they are in are not at all nice or humane. Big cats in tiny concrete floored metal cages. Eagles that can't spread there wings properly to fly. Elephants chained by two legs... More

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Moscow, Russia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The entrance is very expensive for the tourists (now it's 2500 rs.). The territory is rather large and green, but some amilals are kept in very bad conditions. Especially some beautiful srilankan leopards and bears live in extremely small cages with concrete floor. It's so sad to see them living a life like this(

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

For foriegners avoid visit on weekends and local holidays. Its much crowded with local families. And try to catch the time of feeding for elephant and sea lions which is around 10.00am and 4.00 pm. Timing marked near the entrance. These along with shows.. where even you could feed milk bottle to a baby elephant

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Doha, Qatar
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Animal cages are too small and some of them are empty, construction going on in most of the exhibit part. Not worth wasting your time more than two hours. The animals seemed bushed. The zoo was extremely dirty, smelly and had a generally bad feeling. Zoo has been not implemented what as seen 15 years ago. The only thing we... More

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USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

My family (2 adults one toddler) went to the Zoo upon recommendations from our hotel staff. The first surprise was the extremely big difference in admission for tourists and locals. 2500 rupees per foreigner vs 700 for locals - outrageous! Even zoos in the US are not that expensive. Our tuk-tuk driver told us to put our camera away, as... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

It was hot, humid and overcrowded. Went there during Eid. It was not the best experience. We rushed though and skipped some displays. It is expensive for the state the zoo is in. I have to say they have a good collection of animals, some that we had never seen before. It is well organized. If You just follow the... More

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