Sri Lanka re-opens two wildlife parks

Feb 03, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has re-opened two wildlife parks in the country’s south and east which are famed for migratory birds and elephants, after an internal conflict which had kept them closed had ended, a top official said. Since the parks opened last week a few visitors had trickled in, but officials are expecting more visitors in March and April

Kumana national park in the south of the country borders the Yala national park and is renowned for migratory waterfowl. The migratory season runs from about August to April.

“The migrant birds and the local water birds can be seen in Kumana,” Sri Lanka’s director General of the wild life conservation, Ananda Wijesooriya told LBO.

A 30-year conflict with Tamil Tiger separatists in ended in May 2009. During the war various parks had been closed and opened with several attacks by Tamil Tiger separatists including land mines and destruction of game lodges.

Security clearance to open the parks were given last August, but the wildlife conservation department had to re-build roads and the information centre.

“The parks were ready for the public to visit since December 2009, targeting the school holidays, allowing the school children to enjoy the wild life,” Wij