Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
Typezoo

Owner
Founded1937
First elephant arrived1937
Address Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha
Zip-code 94 1 71275
Place Dehiwala, Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Website Website
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Directors-2021: Ishini Wickremesinghe (director)
1936-1962 Major Aubrey Weinman
1962-? Lyn de Alwis
H.A.N.T. Perera
Duminda Jayaratne
Renuka Bandaranayaka
Bashwara Senanka Gunarathne
?-2021: Ishini Wickremesinghe

Key People

Veterinarians

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers 1978-1981: K. G. Sumanabanda (mahout)
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Description

Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo), located at Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, in Dehiwala, Colombo, Sri Lanka , was founded in 1937 and the first elephant arrived in 1937.

Living elephants

At the Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) lives 7 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Bandula (Bandoola) born 1949
  2. Devi
  3. Indi born 1978
  4. Kema (Khema) born 2001
  5. Madhavi born 2005
  6. Namalee
  7. Trinki born 2011-03-17

Comments / picturesJohn 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.

Elephant exports:
1950: 6 elephants.
1952: 2 elephants exported to Rotterdam Zoo. (Rayah?)

In the 80s Dehivela exhibited a Dwarf elephant with the name Mali

2021-09-09: The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigned as she is unhappy about a recent court order to release 14 elephants to their original “owners”.


References for records about Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=37. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:


Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) on elephant-news.com

Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
2009-10-31‘must jumbo’ at dehivela zoo becomes restless - Elephant News
2020-09-07Responding to decision to move dep. of zoological gardens under ministry of tourism - Elephant News
2021-09-09Sri lanka national zoological gardens dg resigned over elephant issue: union - Elephant News


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