John Hagenbeck, halfbrother to Carl Hagenbeck in Hamburg, Germany, established the Ceylon Zoological Gardens Company at Dehiwela, which was liquidated 1936. Some sources state the zoo was confiscated as enemy property, and in 1937 renamed to Dehivela Zoological Gardens. But the records from Ceylon administration report for 1937 state it was bought in 1936-07-01 for 15 000 Rupees.
1950: 6 elephants.
1952: 2 elephants exported to Rotterdam Zoo. (Rayah?)
1936-1962 Major Aubrey Weinman
1962-? Lyn de Alwis
Bashwara Senanka Gunarathne