Close En­coun­ters

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

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.

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