Author Archive for Nature

Race to save 100 whales in Sri Lanka’s biggest mass beaching

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Courtesy The Guardian Navy joins forces with rescuers and volunteers in effort to push pilot whales back into ocean. Volunteers try to push back a stranded short-finned pilot whale on Panadura beach, Sri Lanka. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesAgence France-Presse in ColomboMon 2 Nov 2020 17.11 GMT Rescuers and volunteers were racing to save about 100 pilot whales stranded on Sri Lanka’s […]

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Fighting Deforestation in Sri Lanka

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

By Savithri Sellapperumage Courtesy The Diplomat Can Sri Lanka live up to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s environmental commitments?  The focus on Sri Lanka’s deforestation and the conservation of forests this year can be traced back to widespread discussions about deforestation in Wilpattu  National Park back in 2019. Deforestation in Wanathawillu, Anawilundawa and Sinharaja has been the recent […]

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An adventure through Sri Lanka, the ‘land of serendipity’.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Courtesy  SPEAR’S Sri Lanka has recovered before, from colonial rule and civil war. As the country’s vital tourism industry prepares to leap back into life, Andrew Harris recalls his pre-lockdown adventure in the land of serendipity  Oblivious to the pandemic that was on the way, I had only a darting mongoose, a parading peacock and […]

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Exploring the rivers and rainforests of Sri Lanka

Friday, October 16th, 2020

by Stephanie Takyi London courtesy Planning a long haul escape for when things (finally) open up again? Stephanie Takyi gets lost in the lush landscapes of this unique South Asian island  Sri Lanka has long been a destination for travellers seeking escapism. This small beautiful island, situated south of India, is larger than life with idyllic beaches, sprawling […]

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Herd of wild Sri Lankan elephants have begun eating plastic rubbish dumped near habitat

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Verity Bowman Courtesy The Telegraph Dozens of elephants have begun foraging for food at a dump nestled in a Sri Lankan jungle after it encroached on their habitat. Photographs captured in the eastern Ampara district show the wild herd, which numbers almost 40, searching through mounds of plastic bags, which have since been discovered undigested in […]

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A fruit which saved Sri Lankans from starvation

Friday, September 18th, 2020

By Zinara Rathnayake/BBC Courtesy NewsIn.Asia An amazing variety of dishes can be made from Jackfruit which is also the heaviest fruit in the world Colombo, September 18: My mother grew up in a house of eight people in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, 100km north-east of Colombo. During the island’s severe droughts in the 1970s, most of […]

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ගව ඝාතනය නැවැත්වීමට රජයෙන් සම්මත කෙරුණු යෝජනාව බලගන්වමු.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

සතුන් හා සොබාදහම සඳහා යුක්තිය සංවිධානය සියලූ වෘත්තීයමය හා සිවිල් සංවිධාන වෙත, පූජ්‍ය ස්වාමීන් වහන්ස, ගරු පූජකතුමනි, මහතාණෙනි, මහත්මියනි, ගව ඝාතනය නැවැත්වීමට රජයෙන් සම්මත කෙරුණු යෝජනාව බලගන්වමු. මේ මස 8 දින ආණ්ඩුපක‍ෂ මන්තී්‍ර කණ්ඩායම විසින් මේ රටේ ගව ඝාතනය සපුරා නැවැත්වීම සඳහා ගන්නා ලද ඒකමතික තීරණය සදාචාර ගරුක හා යුක්තිධමය අගයන සියලූ දෙනාගේ ම අමන්දානන්දයට […]

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Instructions to plant one million plants on both sides of the road

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Highways Minister Johnston Fernando has instructed officials to expedite the green project of planting one million saplings on both sides of the road. Participating in the 100,000 km road development progress review meeting currently underway, he said that in line with the new Government policy statement, the project of planting one million […]

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Both tremors in Kandy from the same epicentre (Video)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The Geological Survey and Mining Bureau says that they have observed that the epicenter of the tremor that occurred in the Pallekele area in Kandy this morning, and the previous tremors that occurred were located in the same place. Geologist Nalin de Silva, head of the team investigating the case, said the […]

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Sri Lanka to ban imports of plastic goods to protect elephants

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Courtesy MailOnlin Plastic in Sri Lankan landfills has become a major killer of elephants Sri Lanka will ban the import of most plastic products in a bid to protect wild elephants and deer that die eating the waste, the environment minister announced Friday. Plastic in Sri Lankan landfills is a major killer of elephants, with […]

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Covid-19 pandemic gives Sri Lanka’s threatened elephants a reprieve

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Courtesy The Straits Times COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s coronavirus lockdown has helped reduce the death toll from clashes between elephants and humans, conservationists have said. A record 405 elephants were killed by humans in the country last year, up from about 360 in 2018. A total of 121 people were killed by elephants, up from 96 […]

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The Leopard and the Snare

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Newsfirst Sri Lanka   Black Leopard Death Court case held on July 29, 2020 A short report As you would be interested to know, the case relating to the death of the Black Leopard was taken up at the Hatton Magistrate’s Court on July 29, 2020. The Justice for Animals and Nature organisation ( now in […]

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In Sri Lanka, a South American flower usurps a tree sacred to Buddhists and Hindus

Monday, July 27th, 2020

by Malaka Rodrigo Courtesy Mongabay COLOMBO — With its blends of soft red, pink and yellow, the fragrant cannonball flower (Couroupita guianensis) is a favorite of Sri Lanka’s Buddhists when making floral offerings during religious activities. They call it sal, with religious tales linking the tree to the birth and death of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the faith. […]

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