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National Zoological Garden
National Zoological Garden

John Hagenbeck, who initially started the Dehiwala Zoo, belongs to a family engaged in animal circuses. He collected and kept the animals in this premises for trade. Mr. Hagenbeck exported wild animals to Europe to his brother Carl Hagenbeck who was one of the biggest animal dealer in Europe at that time. To hold the animals before exporting them to Europe he bought 05 acres of land at Dehiwala at the beginning of the century. This became quite popular among the residents of the area. The total area of the collection centre was increased to 11 acres to hold the animals received. Subsequently the centre was taken over by the government in 1936. The extent of the land was increased gradually to present status of 23 acres. (11 ha. Approximately).

Opening Hours
Colombo zoo is open 8.30am to 6pm every day of the year, including sinhala – Tamil new year & christmas day, Thipongal day. Last ticket sale at 5.30pm.
Foreign Adult Rs 2,000.00
Foreign Child Rs 1,000.00
SAARC Adult Rs 500.00
SAARC Child Rs 250.00
Local Adult Rs 100.00
Local Child Rs 30.00
School groups higher than 25 Rs 20.00
Animal Rides
Events Time
Elephant Rides Saturday 2.30PM – 4.00PM
Pony Rides Sunday 2.30PM – 4.00PM
Animal Shows
Events Time
See lion show Everyday 4.00PM – 4.15PM
Elephant Show Everyday 4.30PM – 4.55PM
National zoological Gardens
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha,
Sri Lanka
Telephone +94112712752-3
Fax +94112734542

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