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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.

Nandimitra is a beautiful young tusker that lives in the Yala National Park. He habituates the vicinity of the Sithulpahuwa Temple as, over the years and despite caution, the residents of the Temple and the pilgrims who visit it have been feeding him and any the other elephants that come near. This is a clear breach of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance (FFPO) but no action has been taken.

The winners of Conservation Photography Competition 2019 conducted by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) and supported by Wijeya Graphics and Ranveli Resorts were announced and rewarded at the Gala Dinner hosted by the WNPS.  The competition attracted over 600 entries and the organizers were pleased with the numbers considering the fact the “Conservation Photography” is a new area of wildlife expertise with, hitherto, most wild life photographers concentrating on capturing the ‘pretty picture’ rather than on its conservation message. The entries were judged by a panel of renowned conservationists cum photographers, L J Mendis Wickramasinghe, Rukshan Jayewardene and Lakshitha Karunarathna. The ultimate measure of a successful conservation photograph is in creating a tangible focal point for the advancement of the conservation of a species or habitat.

Monday, 02 December 2019 12:27

Wildlife conservation

By Jithendri Gomes
The third oldest conservation organisation of its kind in the world, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) celebrated its 125th anniversary by not only reflecting its achievements of the past, but also looking forward to the future as well as the measures it is taking now to secure that promise of tomorrow.

This year marked the 125th anniversary of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), Sri Lanka’s premier civil organisation promoting the protection of flora and fauna in the island. Their invaluable contributions over the last century, made towards the conservation of wildlife, as well as the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka are to get some much-needed international exposure with the arrival of Kenyan wildlife conservationist and television presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton in Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 08:01

In conversation with Saba Douglas-Hamilton

This week, we sat down with award-winning wildlife filmmaker, conversationalist, and Elephant Watch Safaris, an eco-tourism business, Co-director Saba Douglas-Hamilton. Evidently, Saba has had exposure to all things wildlife.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 07:54

Saving the Elephants with Saba and Francis

A prominent conservationist, wildlife presenter and award-winning wildlife filmmaker, Saba Doughlas - Hamilton is also the co-director of her family's eco-tourism business - Elephant Watch Safaris.