Sri Lanka has a high density of endemic birds – 34 as presently recognized. This is as a result of island biogeographic factors, including isolation, which makes Sri Lanka of special interest not only to local ornithologists and birdwatchers, but draws those from overseas as well. With such interest comes the pursuit of even more knowledge…

There is a mammal of Sri Lanka that can weigh up to 900Kg and grow to three meters in length, yet one that is rarely seen and whose local population teeters on the edge of extinction.

Saturday, 09 June 2018 06:52

Dealing with Wildlife

by Darshanie Ratnawalli
In Britain, a dog used to sleep in the same bed as a toddler. One day as the dog was sleeping, the toddler got into the bed and tried to hug the dog as she had done countless times before. Perhaps the dog was tired or disturbed by loud noises from the toddler’s birthday party that had been going on downstairs. He attacked. The baby was dead when the paramedics arrived.

Four major environmental organizations have raised strong voices of protest against reported moves to relocate the last two elephants living in the Sinharaja Rainforest, a World Heritage Site.

Vidya Athreya, senior scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, India and member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group as well as the IUCN Task Force on Human – Wildlife Conflict will present the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’s monthly lecture ‘ Living with Leopards’ on May 17 at the BMICH Lotus Hall at 6 p.m.

In January of this year, the media channels were all a buzz with the news of a leopard attacking people in the Hatton area, up in the hills of Sri Lanka. Disturbing reports surmised that it was a possible man-eater targeting the human population of the area. Another video was posted of a leopard being chased up a tree, and that tree set alight. The leopards successful efforts to escape death by immolation were also interpreted by a few as an act of aggression, and emotions in the public space ran high.

The Wildlife & Nature Protection Society will hold its monthly lecture on 17 May at 6.00 p.m. at the BMICH Lotus Hall focusing on “Living with Leopard” with an expert talk by specialist on the subject Vidya Athreya

Monday, 14 May 2018 11:44

LIVING WITH LEOPARDS

Vidya will be in Sri Lanka to deliver a lecture on ‘living with leopards’ at the BMICH on May 17 at 6pm. The lecture has been organized by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society as part of its monthly lecture series. This public lecture is open to all. entrance is free.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 06:08

EDUCATING CHILDREN ON NATURE CONSERVATION

NDB – along with the youth wing of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) recently conducted a number of programs to increase awareness of nature and the natural world among students in various schools.

Sunday, 11 March 2018 06:07

Photography as a tool for conservation

This  month’s Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’s lecture will be on ‘Photography – Tool for Conservation’. To be held on on March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Lotus Hall of the BMICH, the talk will be delivered by Lakshitha Karunarathna, who was the Grand Prize Winner for Nature’s Best Photography awarded by the Smithsonian Institute, a Finalist for the People’s Choice Award in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, winner of the Editorial Choice Award in the OASIS Nature & Wildlife Photographic Competition in Italy and 252 other International Awards including 72 Gold Medals.

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday allowed the issuance of notice in a petition against the use of the Wilpattu National Park (NP) for festivities linked to the Pallekandal church.

Global Small Wild Cat Conservation: There are 40 species of wild cats around the world, 33 of which can be considered small cats. Global authority on wild cats, Dr Jim Sanderson will discuss current conservation efforts addressing threats to several species from South America to China and Sri Lanka.

Friday, 09 February 2018 06:35

WNPS promotes small wild cat conservation

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will promote small wild cat conservation at its monthly lecture on 15 February at 6.00 p.m. at the Lotus Room of the BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:32

WNPS lecture: Leopards under the spotlight

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’s monthly lecture – will be delivered by its President Rukshan Jayewardene on January 18 at 6 p.m. at the Cinema Hall, BMICH, Colombo 7. The lecture is open to all members and non-members, admission free.

Social life and survival strategies of the Sri Lankan Leopards

Leopards are Mammalian carnivores at the apex of the food chain in this island. They not only feed on large herbivores like Sambhur and buffaloes but feed on dozens of other species both large and small including reptiles and amphibians. They don’t only feed on little creatures such as mice and frogs to subsist when food is scarce but consistently will kill and eat small prey opportunistically. Highly adaptable and versatile in both diet and habitat preference Leopards live in marginal areas where other large cats have been long extirpated from. The Leopards adaptive radiation throughout Asia and Africa is one of the great success stories of Mammalian evolution. With a long association with humans from a time that the leopard was not quite a leopard and humans were not quite human; today it seems that Leopards have learnt more about us than we have learnt about them.