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In the past few weeks, it was quite alarming to see the level of surprise exhibited by the citizens of Sri Lanka in respect of an exchange that took place between a public officer and a politician, whilst she was performing her lawful and official duties following an incident of deforestation in the Gampaha district. This is not only an example of Sri Lanka’s tragic political reality but also signals at the lack of confidence placed on public institutions as well as the rule of law by the general public. The implications of a socio-political culture of this nature does not bear a positive future to the current conundrum in Wilpattu.

Sri Lanka is caught in the stranglehold of a dry spell, with major water scarcities, power shortages and crop failures.

Dr Priyan Perera will deliver the monthly Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) lecture on March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH. He will speak on ‘Unwinding the secrets of elusive Indian Pangolin’.

Monday, 02 March 2020 04:58

Prioritising marine conservation

  • There is a great need to engage in public advocacy and change public perception towards marine conservation issues
  • We are impacting wildlife in ways that we can’t even understand
  • We have altered the natural landscape

Like other ecosystems found on land, marine ecosystems are also equally important as they comprise a large portion of sea animals, plants and corals. Being an island, Sri Lanka boasts of its rich biodiversity in marine ecosystems, which has attracted many tourists from around the world. Unfortunately, this richness in marine life has been threatened by overfishing, pollution, coastal development and climate change. As a result, ‘Marine conservation’ has become a hashtag; we hear and see on a day-to-day basis. In this context, Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WBPS) in Sri Lanka held its monthly lecture under the theme of “Prioritising marine conservation: Facts vs fuzz”.

By Jithendri Gomes
The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) lecture for the month of February featuring Nishan Perera, a marine biologist with a focus on coral ecology and fisheries and marine protected area management (MEPA) as well as an underwater photographer, took place on 20 February at the Jasmine Hall of BMICH.

Monday, 02 March 2020 04:53

Fish, the ignored wildlife on our plates

On World Wildlife Day next Tuesday, charismatic wildlife such as endangered elephants, leopards and the vulnerable sloth bear will take the stage – but one species is routinely ignored, to our peril.

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) monthly lecture titled “Prioritising Marine Conservation: Facts vs. Fuzz” will be delivered by Nishan Perera on 20 February from 6 p.m. onwards at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH.

What drives our conservation instinct? Why are we drawn towards certain species and ecosystems? Are we focusing on the most pressing issues and practical solutions? Can we prioritize conservation issues based on science, while using charismatic species?

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 05:03

Stop the killing Take responsibility

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS) demanded that the relevant authorities do much more and take greater control over the ongoing killings of wild animals all over Sri Lanka, which is increasing at an alarming pace.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 05:01

Howls of protests but DWC allays fears

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi
Action to arm Civil Defence Force personnel who will man the electric fences to keep wild elephants at bay

As strong protests came from environmentalists over reported moves to give out arms to personnel from the Civil Defence Force to curb the human-elephant conflict (HEC), wildlife conservation officials were quick to allay fears and concerns over trigger-happy killings of wild animals.

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi
Guns for CDF personnel to ‘mitigate’ human-elephant conflict

No more guns will be issued to personnel of the Civil Defence Force (CDF) for use against elephants, while also recalling the guns already issued to some of them, Wildlife Resources Minister S.M. Chandrasena has assured.

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 04:07

killing of a Leopard in Uwawalawe

The WNPS very strongly condemns the brutal and unconscionable killing of a Leopard in Uwawalawe along with the horrific mutilation of the animal for its claws and Teeth etc. “Acts of such horrific nature are not even seen in the Animal world and we demand that the Police and the Wildlife Officials immediately take all steps possible to investigate and bring the culprits to justice. The criminals should be handed out the maximum possible sentences to send very strong signals for others to refrain from such activities” said Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, President, WNPS. Wildcats including Lions, Tigers and Leopards are being slaughtered all over the world for their teeth and claws, at times even to the brink of extinction in some locations.

Dr. Sahil Nijhawan, in the WNPS lecture for the month of January, will talk about the unique relations between tigers and the Idu Mishmi people of the Dibang Valley region of Northeast India.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:55

WNPS Monthly Lecture 'Tribal tigers'

January 16, 6pm at Jasmine Hall, BMICH 

In this lecture, Dr Sahil Nijhawan talks about the unique relations between tigers and the Idu Mishmi people of the Dibang Valley region of Northeast India. In 2013, Dr Nijhawan identified a scientifically unknown tiger population thriving in the community forests of Dibang Valley. He went on to collaborate with the Idu people to conduct the first study of these unique mountain tigers and the cultural, ecological and political reasons for their existence without any government/NGO-led protection. Over the course of two years, he lived with the Idu people and learned their language and shamanic traditions. He participated in daily farm and forest chores and conducted hundreds of interviews in order to understand Idu concepts of human-wildlife relations and patterns of forest use. He also placed close to 300 camera traps spanning altitudes from 535 to 3,710 m and collected genetic material to understand tiger and prey ecology.

This limited-edition Sri Lankan Elephant pendant was created by Colombo Jewellery Stores exclusively for the 125th anniversary of the WNPS. The pendant is priced at Rs. 5000. All proceeds will go to the Society.