Department of Wildlife Conservation has decided to close Wilpattu National Park till 25th May 2016 due to adverse weather conditions in the country. This decision is taken mainly due to that the roads are under water in and out of the park. For visitors whom have reserved the bungalows on these days will be given bungalows on other days when the park is opened.
The other parks are remained opened for visitors and they are advised to be vigilant on adverse weather conditions in the country.
Need regularize the activities of the Sea Turtle Conservation and Study Centres managed by private sector in the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka was identified by the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Regulations for the purpose under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance has been drafted.
Draft regulations can be reached through Sea Turtle Regulations.
New Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya assumed duties on 30th March 2016 at his office.
Yala Galge Entrance is declared opened by Hon. Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Mr. Gamini Jayawickrema Perera with the participation of Hon. Minister of Housing and Construction Mr. Sajith Premadasa and Hon. Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Mrs. Sumedha T Jayasena on 26th March 2016. The road network at Yala Block III/IV & V will be opened to public and this will reduce the vehicle congestion in Yala Block I and II.
A group of Wildlife Officers on patrol has detected 3 individuals skinning a leopard inside Block 4 of Yala National Park on 12th Saturday 2016 at 5.30 am. The officer has arrested 2 motorcycles, a Gun, Leopard Skin and the flesh. The investigations are carried out to arrest the 3 suspects who escaped during the arrest. The case is reported to the Wellawaya magistrate court and further investigations are underway. The raid and the investigations were carried out by the Range Assistant Mr. P.S. Dissanayake under the guidance and supervision of Mr. K. Janaka Shanth Kumara the Park Warden of Yala Block III,IV and V and the Assistant Director Uva Mr. Sisira Silva. Director General of Wildlife Mr. Chandrasiri Bandara has stated that “the enhanced focus given to the Yala block III, IV and V under the re-awakening Yala program initiated by the Hon. Minister Gamini Jayawikrama Perere, has facilitated such detections and it will further be enhanced through improved patrolling roads and other resources in the future”