The famous Colombo Zoo or Dehiwela Zoo was officially founded in 1936 by the Government of Sri Lanka. It used to be a menagerie in the late nineteen twenties, where captured wild animals were kept before being exported. Located on 25 acres with landscaped areas and a Lake in its center, this is a destination many thousands of visitors throng to visit, year round.
Being situated just 10 km away from the Colombo City in the town of Dehiwela, its ideal location is easily accessible and provides visitors with an extensive selection of animals, birds, fish and butterflies as well as a large number of free-range birds including water birds that fly in and out between the surrounding lakes and mangroves in the area.
Showcasing over 80 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, including an interesting collection of butterflies and Amphibians, totaling over 2,500 members that include the Black Rhinoceros, and the Pygmy Hippopotamus, Orangutan and other species of primates, Giraffe, Tigers, Leopards, Jaguars, and majestic elephants among many others.
Information boards are displayed on walkways and on the cages or open areas holding animals, providing directions to the visitor. The Zoo is an ideal place to view close up all these interesting animals, birds, reptiles and fish in just a few hours, or even spend the entire day.
The Aquarium provides the visitor with an interesting walk-through where some of the most interesting species of around 500 species of marine-life are showcased. A Museum and Live Reef Tank are also on view here.
As entertainment, there are Pony Rides for kids, and an interesting Sea-Lion feeding at 4.00 p.m. as well as an exciting Elephant Performance at 4.30 p.m. daily where they perform acts providing fun and excitement to the viewing audience.
Open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00pm daily*