(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The country’s first migratory bird park and eco-tourism zone established in Hanthane, Kandy will be opened by President Ranil Wickramasinghe Today.
The Hanthana International Bird Park and Recreation Center will be declared open by President Ranil Wickramasinghe on the 20th Monday at 03.00 pm. The park will be open to the public from the 23rd.
Located adjacent to the Hanthane Tea Museum premises, this 27-acre exotic bird park and eco-tourism zone is home to over a hundred species of migratory birds.
The chairman of the migratory bird park and eco-tourism zone Nishantha Kottegoda said that the park, which consists of birds endemic to foreign countries, migratory birds, etc., also has a unit to treat and release injured birds.
Established at a cost of 490 million rupees, foreign birds are housed in large cages in the bird park, and animals are taken care of by a staff of nearly one hundred.
This park has been established based on a study of non-endemic birds to Sri Lanka over a period of 40 years. It is also special that many foreign birds can be bred in this country.
The first phase of the bird park and eco-tourism zone, which will be opened by President Ranil Wickramasinghe, has facilities for local and foreign tourists to watch migratory birds, an educational training center for animal science students, a bird orphanage, a bird shelter and a quarantine unit.
Nishantha Kottegoda, chairman of Hanthane Foreign Bird Park and Ecotourism Zone, further stated that this park also has a unit for breeding and exporting foreign birds, an educational and recreational center for school students, and a natural bird study center.