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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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Arlington, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

it used to be one of the best zoo's in the world but standards have gone down recently. good place to visit a lot of animals but they should expand the zoo to make the animals more comfortable.

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Ghaziabad, India
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106 reviews 106 reviews
92 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Dehiwala Zoological Garden is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Asia. It has a substantial collection of animals. Diversity of the zoo is indicated by the presence of an aquarium, aviary, reptile house, butterfly garden and enclosures for animals from various parts of the world. Green anaconda, albino cobra and pygmy hippopotamus are main attraction. There is an elephant... More

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New Delhi, India
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Vibrant place near to Dahiwala....If you are on family trip you must take your kids here...seal show and elephant dance are the attractions

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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