National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
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Kathleen B
Glasgow, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The mistreatment of the animals at this zoo is clearly evident. They are malnourished and are not provided the required habitats for them to thrive. The standards of care in this facility have sunk too far below the threshold of what is acceptable. Please do not support this and if you are from a country that provides good care for zoo animals, then do not go here as it will break your heart to see animals treated this way.
Written November 27, 2023
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dilan m
Sri Lanka37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Zoo is well cleaned and layered out properly now. Directions are given to all places so that you won’t miss anything in the park. The only the problem I noticed Is public washrooms, they are not properly maintained. Overall the visit was aw.
Written January 6, 2021
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EmmKu
London, UK49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
DO NOT SUPPORT THIS! I'm completely fine visiting well-kept zoos where animals are cared for and healthy, physically and psychologically. This zoo was disgusting and upsetting. Beautiful elephants were repeating one movement, chained up in amidst their own faeces. Turtles swimming in circles on repeat, pale from no sun. Cages dirty, parrots losing feathers, zookeepers hustling tourists asking for money for making animals doing tricks.

You pay $25 to get in, which in this country should ring alarm bells. I hope this place closes down soon and that people will stop going.

It is beyond me how any foreign tourist could give this zoo anything more than 1 star. I found it deeply distressing and upsetting. We took a quick tour and left in tears.
Written June 1, 2018
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AHP4
Colombo, Sri Lanka9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We were looking for a place to take visiting friends on their last day in Sri Lanka and it was a mistake. Not only is it quite expensive for foreigners, it was depressingly sad. Some animals looked like they were starving because one could see their ribs, the small cages were in need of repair and many of the cages/attractions were empty. After an amazing two weeks, in Sri Lanka, it left a very poor last impression.
Written January 24, 2017
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Anita S
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 bad conditions. Concrete enclosures with no trees, grass, clean water or any kind of stimulation they'd get in the wild.
The tiger pits- one had a murky bath they could sit in which was way too shallow. One pit didn't have any visible sign of water anywhere. The tigers just paced.
The black bear same story, but he swung his head in a doorway for like 10mins straight.
But the elephants....omg, I couldn't watch for more than 20 seconds. Two huge ones were chained facing forward (to the crowd walking past) by both front and back legs to poles. They literally could not move step forward or back. One just swung it's whole head constantly. Then even more horrid- a baby one in the same containment! I honestly could not even look at it like that.
They were chained like that for the entire 3 hrs I was there so I don't think it was just a short 'show' type of thing.
It's bad enough seeing these magnificent animals in cages and pens, but seeing such an enormous thing literally tied to the ground just plain sucks.
Written October 3, 2014
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Della60
Oxford, UK25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
We took some school children to the zoo today. Sri Lanka is a country which is home to some of the world's most beautiful creatures. This zoo is the most cruel zoo I have experienced though I have not experienced that many. The tragedy of the Brown Bear will haunt me forever as well as 3 hippopotomi in a tiny pond
We are from the UK and have a charity in Sri Lanka. We had to pay 100 times more than the Sri Lankans to get in. Is this to deter us from experiencing the cruelty. Zebra in a small pen. A tiger pacing in a cage with a small amount of water. This zoo should be shut down and the animals released.
Written March 3, 2017
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tracybalcome
Saffron Walden, UK36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Please, please do not visit this zoo. Surly you will realise this is not the place for these wonderful creatures and surely you will realise that it is wrong to make these magnificent animals do these ridiculous tricks. Please, please do not support these treatment of animals. No elephant should be made to stand on it's head it's tragic
Written June 28, 2014
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Corenna E
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
The baby elephants attraction is just that... An attraction.
The babies are taken from their moms to be exhibited in this zoo. The elephant exhibit is people bottle feeding babies! It's not natural and these babies are orphans because they were taken from their mothers to put on this show!
If you must see elephants visit a sanctuary where you can see the moms feed their babies.. Or better yet, a safari or a documentary on TV.
This isn't about conservation it's about money. I hope more visitors learn about this practice and choose to stay away. I am appalled at this practice.
Dehiwala Zoo...the world is watching...
Written July 10, 2014
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Hotelier
Zurich, Switzerland95 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
This zoo is the saddest place I’ve been to.. you walk in and all the locals seem to enjoy seeing animals but aren’t even aware of how horrible the zoo conditions are. The Animals look miserable and sick, with no fur or feathers. The penguins has a tiny room, with one pool and a regular office A/C which is broken. I have taken pictures and complained but really urge everyone who feels the same way as me to take a stand for animal rights.. I’m not an extremely active animal rights activist but anyone can see how horrible the conditions are. Please speak up, they need to do something about this 
Written March 6, 2014
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Serena F
Jersey36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
A lot of money and time needs to be spent on this zoo to make the living conditions up to scratch for the animals housed there. Lion and tiger enclosures were cramped and dirty and in disrepair. Elephants had both ankles chained and could not walk around. I understand that a new "free living" enclosure is being built for the elephants to live in but, apparently, this is at least two years away. The place was completely depressing, not only for the vistor, but for the poor animals too.
Written January 6, 2013
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