Wildlife Dy Minister claims programme to supply water to animals

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Army Commander Lt. General Crishanthe De Silva sprinkling flowers on army flags at the Jayasri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura yesterday morning during the annual flag blessing ceremony held on account of the forthcoming 67th Anniversary of the Army. Pic by Dharmasena Welipitiya

The Department of Wildlife Conservation had introduced a special water supply programme to provide drinking water to the animals in all national parks in the country which are seriously affected by the prevailing drought, Sustainable Development and Wildlife Deputy Minister Sumedha Jayasena said yesterday.

Accordingly, the programme is being implemented in Yala, Udawalawa, Wilpattu, Lunugamwehera, Bundala, Kumana and Galoya national parks, she said.

The DWC was filling ponds and tanks in the national parks with water supplied by bowsers, Minister Jayasena said.

She requested the villages near the national parks to remain vigilant as there was the possibility of wild animals coming to villages in search of water.

She said it was illegal to kill wild animals and strict legal actions would be taken against those who did so.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has decided to allow children under the age of 12 to visit zoological gardens in view of World Children’s Day free of charge.

Accordingly, Dehiwala and Pinnawala Zoological Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage will be open free of charge to children under 12.

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