Watch the animals roam freely
The open Air zoo concept became quite popular in Sri Lanka during the past decade and as a result the first open air zoo was opened at Pinnawala, Sri Lanka in April 2015. It is located close to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawala open air zoo extents over forty four acres which has been landscaped without causing any changes to its natural beauty. The zoo consists of two zones as “Sri Lankan” and “World” where you can see a variety of native animals such as deer, leopard, crocodiles, species of monkeys, birds and turtles.
The “Sri Lankan” section of the zoo is an open section where you can spot the freely roaming Sri Lankan Leopard which is a rare and amazing experience as it is classified as one of the endangered species to roam the earth. The Sri Lankan Leopard is native to Sri Lanka and are mainly spotted in dry evergreen monsoon forests areas, arid scrub jungles, rainforests and low and upper highland forests.
The “World” section is yet to be completed. It will hold several non-native animal species once the section is completed.
International standards are strictly followed with regard to the construction and maintenance of the The Pinnawala Open Air Zoo. Since it is located within close proximity to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage you can make a visit to both places without much hassle. Watching the animals roam freely in a park with conditions similar to their natural habitat is definitely a great experience.