Highest turnout for Pinnawela Orphanage
The Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala whas recorded the highest number
of elephant births in 2011, according to the statistics of the
Department of National Zoological Gardens. During the year, 15 elephant
calves were born and nine of them were males.
Last year 2,438,541 foreigners visited the Orphanage. A total of
4,612,631 local and foreign tourists have visited the National
Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala and the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
The Department itself has recorded a highest ever income in its
history. Accordingly the Department earned a total of Rs. 651 million in
2011 out of which the Pinnawala Orphanage had earned Rs. 487 million.
Many development projects were initiated in the Dehiwala zoo and at
Pinnawala, in order to upgrade visitor facilities. Some of them have
already been completed.
The construction work on the nursery of the Dehiwala zoo, where sick
animal cubs will be treated, is to be completed by mid this year.
The Government has allocated Rs.914 million for the 2012 development
program of the National Zoological Gardens Department. In addition to
this, a six storied building for the reptile section, a water sump, a
retaining wall for the swan pond, quarters for staff officers, extension
to the main entrance, free roaming elephant enclosure, internal road
network and six modern toilet complexes are also under construction.