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Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 761554
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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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Good day out with kids in Colombo

Lots of animals, all looking reasonably healthy, and the zoo follows a decent health and welfare program. Kids liked the Tigers and zebras best. Expensive for foreigners... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
HaveBabyWillTravel77
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of animals, all looking reasonably healthy, and the zoo follows a decent health and welfare program. Kids liked the Tigers and zebras best. Expensive for foreigners (compared to locals). Didn't try the food outlets as they were way too busy. Got the train to Dehiwala from Colombo and then a tuktuk from there as most Central tuktuk drivers don't... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a day relaxing in Colombo and decided to go to the Zoo. Being a westerner I was immediately ushered to the front of the long queue. I know I paid more than a local, but I was happy to get out of the sun. The zoo itself is cool, been to a few zoos and saw a few different... More 

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice views and landscapes for photos, a lot of elephants that you can touch or take photo with (or even ride, but I don't recomand that from ethic point of view).

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must stop for our family every time we visit Sri Lanka. This time we were informed by many misinformed that it was not a great place... However, we found it to be still one of the best Zoological Gardens in terms of range of exhibits as well as the quality of care given to the animals. In our view... More 

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Thank Herman P
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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101 reviews
79 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, founded in 1936. Its sprawling areas are host to a variety of animals and birds.Sri Lanka's endemic animal species and, including the park can be seen in other animal varieties countries.very nice and Interresting place. The eliphent Dance is very interesting too.

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful to take the kids. You see a lot of wild animals and they all look well looked after. There is the elephant dance in the evening and if you're lucky you may even see some land monitors walking around freely as they are not captured for the zoo.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fish aquariam,circus of elephants & dolpin show was actrctive to seen.you have to be there sunday at 3pm.peoples line up to see activities sime time you may bit inconvenient but diffenitly you will enjoy.

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Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Not bad for an asian attraction. Some of the animals needed care, which they weren't getting. Some parts sad. The lions were happy in their big garden.

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Serbia
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

That was an amazing experience, the zoo have been made in the nature itself, they literally changed the jungle into a zoo, the trees of 500+ years old the tight natural paths between the animals shelters give you the feel of walking through jungles, the area is huge and you need a one full day to see everything. They do... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

As an ex-zoo keeper i can say the animal husbandry standards here are well below standard. Many highly stressed animals (one of the bears and a few of the elephants sway), quite a few solitary species that are naturally social, out dated enclosures and some under-fed animals. There is potential here but seemingly no passion or much understanding. Massive enclosure... More 

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