National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Colombo

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View an extensive display of wildlife at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, home to 3,000 individual animals representing 310 different species. The 10 hectare (24 acre) grounds promote the animals' well-being, with dense tree coverage and well-maintained landscapes. Get up close to mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and marine invertebrates, and take in one of a number of shows, including elephant and sea lion performances as well as an education program for chimps. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Colombo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Very big and interesting Zoo! Many animals, all clean. Elephants in chains-look hurt. It was so interesting that we (the honeymooners) wandered there 5:00! I cried like a baby! The show with the sea cat-skiing and is 10 minutes. Elephant show was cancelled that day (in General, a good Zoo! Lots of birds, monkeys, fish entering 2500 rupees with a foreigner, you can make a fish spa for 200 rupees!
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  • On balance we are not normally supporters of zoos. This zoo tries hard to get the balance of captive animals and conservation. Some of the pens are empty while others have been improved to give greate...  more »
  • There’s not much to do around mount Lavinia but we found this zoo was only 250rps away so we booked the taxi for a day at the zoo! They do rob us foreigners a bit as they charge 100rps for locals and ...  more »

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