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08 Jun

Episode 26 – Horagolla National Park

The crocodile encounter I served as the Park Warden at Horagolla National Park from 2017 to 2021. Our main duties there included providing amenities for visitors, bringing and caring for orphaned cubs and adults, sending the animals to the Atthidia treatment center if they needed to be kept longer, or releasing them back into the […]

Ishara
June 8, 2023
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18 May

Episode 25 – Galvezland National Park

A National Park for the Visitors to Small England In the year 2007, it was decided to open the ‘Galves Land National Park’ for the public. At that time, ‘Galves Land’ was a Reserve under the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Although smaller in extent, this area is rich in animals and plants the  department as […]

Ishara
May 18, 2023
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19 Apr

Episode 24 – Sanctuaries in Ampara District

Vigilance prevents a serious accident I was appointed to Ampara on January 4, 2022, as the Assistant Director in charge of Ampara-East. At that time, my service period was 23 years. Ampara East has a substantial extent of forest, including three National Parks and four significant sanctuaries. The three National Parks are MaduruOya, Kumana and...

Ishara
April 19, 2023
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02 Mar

Episode 23 – Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island is even more beautiful now I took over as Park Warden of Pigeon Island National Park on February 1, 2019. Pigeon Island, which became a sanctuary in 1963, was turned into a National Park in 2003 because of its biological importance, including the coral reefs and fish species around it. Tourists arrive to […]

Ishara
March 2, 2023
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18 Jan

Episode 22 – Flood Plain National Park

We were on the same path I joined the Department of Wildlife Conservation as a beat officer in 1998. I was transferred to Polonnaruwa in 2006, where Flood Plains National Park is located. It was a Sunday, when criminal actions like animal hunting are typically committed. Four of us headed in that direction to visit […]

Ishara
January 18, 2023
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02 Dec

Episode 21 – Gal Oya National Park

The rescuing of young elephant As far as I remember, this incident happened in 2008. I then worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in the Eastern Region of the Wildlife Department. At that time, the LTTE was war there. There were guns among the people and hunting of wild animals was frequent. There were incidents where […]

Ishara
December 2, 2022
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31 Oct

Episode 20 – Madu Road National Park

Confronting death I joined the Department of Wildlife Conservation on 1st October 2004. I had to serve in North West and Anuradhapura North areas. This is a large area; it covers fairly about half of Sri Lanka’s wilderness and it is very difficult as well. At that time, most of the areas on this side […]

Ishara
October 31, 2022
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29 Sep

Episode 19 – Wildlife Reserves in Batticaloa District

A story about brotherhood It was the year 2014 and those days I was working in Batticaloa District. There are several Reserves located in Batticaloa District and they all belong to the Department of Forest Conservation. There were no Reserves belonging to the Wildlife Department in this area. But the problem of wild elephants is […]

Ishara
September 29, 2022
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25 Aug

Episode 18 – Chundikulam National Park

The end of the leopard In 2019, I worked as the Assistant Director in charge of Kilinochchi area. Kilinochchi area has 2 National Parks. Those areChundikulam and Delft National Parks. There are small lakes in Chundikulam area. Migrant birds are first to set foot in the ChundiKulam area. Thousands of migratory birds are in the […]

Ishara
August 25, 2022
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02 Aug

Episode 17 – Delft National Park

Lonely horses on Delft Island Delft is a small Island where there are about 4,000 to 5,000 people live. It is also Divisional Secretariat area called Delft itself. There are horses on Delft Island which were brought in to haul goods during Dutch era. Now they have adapted to native conditions in the Delft. It […]

Ishara
August 2, 2022
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