The first safari park at Ridiyagama, Ambalantota has become an attraction of tourists and local sight seers. The safari park comes under the purview of the department of National Zoological Gardens. The foundation stone for the park was laid on December 20, 2008 and the park was opened to public on March 28, 2016. The 500-acre park is home to a large number of animals brought down from countries.
The park is divided into three zones such as the elephant, African lion and world herbivore zone.The Bengali tiger zone, the leopard zone, Sloth bear and Asian Herbivore, African Herbivore, Australian, Cheetah, small animal kingdom, butterfly garden animal breeding and conservation camping sites, circuit bungalows and leisure area for kids will be set up under the second stage of the project.
The elephant zone comprises 54 acres while the African lion is 35 acres. There area around 20 animal species in the herbivore zone which comprises 80 acres.
A shuttle service with tour guides and car park facilities are provided to visitors.
Educational programs, gift and souvenior shop and food courts are some of the attractions.