first safari park in Sri Lanka was inaugurated at Ridiyagama in Hambantota in the southern part of the country. Built by the National Zoological Department, the park consists of six zones, two for herbivorous and four for carnivorous animals. Built at a cost of Rs.1.6 billion, the park has animal hospitals, reserved parking areas and a vast road network. Covering about 500 acres, the park contains a public entertainment zone of about 69 acres. The park has a special bus service for visitors to move around.