Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sri Lanka park known as "the place" to see leopards to re-open

Wilpattu National Park reopens in April
Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

The Wilpattu Sanctuary would be opened for tourists in April, the Government Information Department said.

At present, the park is controlled by the security forces and Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). WildLife officers set they werre preparing to take up the challenge of protecting Wilpattu’s diverse wildlife, the Department of Wild Life sources said.

According to the Department sources, infrastructure facilities of this sanctuary, covering 131,667 hectares, were being prepared for tourists. Wilpattu, one of the oldest national parks in the country, was first declared as a sanctuary in 1905 and its conservation status was elevated to that of a National Park in 1938.

Areas to the north were also declared as Wilpattu Sanctuary in 1947 and remains an extension to the National Park. Wilpattu has always been a fantastic experience for wildlife lovers, the key attraction being its leopards.

Before the park closed, Wilpattu was ‘the place’ to see leopards. It was believed Wilpattu national park has more leopards than Yala, but this could be clarified only after a proper research, sources said.


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