Becoming a ’zoo parent’ very easy | Sri Lanka News


'Animal Adoption Program” was launched by the National Zoological Gardens Department (Dehiwala Zoo) to help offset the annual cost of caring for the zoo animals with the participation of adults as well as children.

Its Director General, Thilak Premakantha, said the program has been implemented to support their involvement as well as their role in animal conservation.

The main objective of the program is to educate the public on the importance of animals and provide them with an opportunity to be partners in protecting the animals and also to provide importunities for those who are interested in helping animals in the zoo.

According to the program, separate packages such as silver, gold, diamond and platinum have been introduced.

The silver package for the donation for adoption level is between Rs.200,000 and Rs.300,000. Gold package will be between Rs.300,001 and Rs.400,000. The diamond package will be donation between Rs.400,001 and Rs.500,000. The platinum package donation will be above Rs.500,000.

The silver package will get facilities such as a photo of the adopted animal, personalise adoption certificate, a fact sheet with species information, special event invitation and one opportunity to visit park under the zoological gardens department for free of charge for eight members.

The gold package includes a photo of the adopted animal, a personalized adoption certificate, a fact sheet with species information, a special event invitation, two chances to visit the park functioning under the zoological gardens department for free of charge for eight members, and three car passes for an entire year.

The diamond package includes a photo of the adopted animal, personalise adoption certificate, a fact sheet with species information, special event invitation, three visits to the park functioning under the zoological gardens free of charge for eight members, five car pass for an year, framed photograph of your family along with the certificate for the adoption animal, annual zoo pases for five family members, 10% discount for the memorial shop and 50% discount on birthday packages.

The platinum package includes all the facilities listed in diamond with eight chances to visit park under the zoological gardens free of charge for eight members, annual unlimited car passes will be issued and the name of the adoption person will be displayed at the exhibit.

The animals on the list include sea lions, zebras, giraffes, black rhinos, chimpanzees, orang-outans, fishing cats, ostriches, emus, hornbills, lions, elephants, Bengal tigers, black jaguars, brown bears, Nile hippopotamuses, pygmy hippos, kangaroos, cassowaries, macaws, and reptiles.

The director general requested the public to contact the Dehiwala zoo for further details on the adoption program. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)

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