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By - Drs. Savitri & Nimal Gunatilleke, Professors Emeriti, University of Peradeniya

Public Lecture Series of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society – 6pm march 21st , 2019 at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH, Open to both members and non-members, entrance Free

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will have its monthly lecture on 21 March on the topic “Sinharaja: From a Timber Reserve to a Biological Treasure Trove – What Next?” to be delivered by University of Peradeniya Emeritus Professors Savitri and Nimal Gunatilleke.

Saturday, 09 March 2019 05:35

Conservation Photography Competition

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has just launched its first ever Conservation Photography Competition with an entry deadline set for 31st March 2019. The competition is supported by Wijeya Graphics, Sri Lanka’s leading Graphic Designing Institute.

Rukshan Jayawardene on what Sri Lanka should really be concerned about…

By Dimithri Wijesinghe

On this World Wildlife Day (3 March) – dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora – we spoke with the former President of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), current committee member, and Director at Environmental Foundation Ltd. (EFL) Rukshan Jayawardene regarding Sri Lanka’s present situation with regards to its wildlife.

Saturday, 09 March 2019 05:15

Conservation Photography Competition

Pictures with meaning

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has just launched its first ever Conservation Photography Competition with an entry deadline set for 31 March. The Competition is supported by Wijeya Graphics Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading graphic design institute and Ranweli Holiday Village, an established eco-friendly resort in Negombo, Sri Lanka. This is an attempt to draw attention and awareness to the urgent need to make conservation a priority in all aspects of life. These are not going to be pretty photographs of animals and birds in various poses, but stark depictions of how humanity is negatively impacting the environment and wild animals, and why and how they should stop before it is too late.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:58

His own ‘recipe’ for the wilds

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi
There is no such thing as a right place and a right time, says award-winning wildlife photographer, Navy doctor Lalith Ekanayake

Patiently, he “dug in” and waited in his vehicle. All the others came and went, casting weird looks at him and wondering why he was there without moving. They simply could not see anything.

The Wildlife Nature Protection Society’s (WNPS) monthly lecture on 17 January will focus on ‘Unraveling the Mysteries of an Elusive Cat: The Leopards of the Horton Plains National Park’. Public lecture open all with free entrance will be held at 6.00 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH

They came, they peered at it with large beautiful eyes and fortunately for them curiosity did not kill the cats – the nosy parkers were an adult and two cubs.

by Dr Gothamie Weerakoon
Across the world species, particularly species-rich ecosystems are being replaced by less complex landscapes due to human impacts in the Anthropocene. There is now a great urgency to document and conserve the biota of the world in order to establish baseline data for understanding patterns of change and resilience in the environment at both regional and global scales. Cryptogams, including lichens are more often go ignored and unacknowledged although they play a vital role in the ecosystem.

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society Monthly Lecture October 18, 2018

Elephant habitats are declining and the frequency and severity of the Human – Elephant Conflict (HEC) is increasing, calling for alternative approaches to HEC management. Studies undertaken in Sri Lanka have shown that translocation and confinement are not a viable management strategy and jeopardize the survival of Sri Lanka’s elephants, both within and outside the protected areas (PAs) and with no long term benefit for reducing HEC.

Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:46

Don’t drive our jumbos to death

Govt. should implement cabinet-approved policy, former DWC DG, Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya tells Kumudini Hettiarachchi

Humans and wild elephants have lived ‘together’ for aeons in Sri Lanka. In fact, the country has bestowed upon elephants, domesticated ones of course, an honour not given to any other creature – that of carrying the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha around the streets of Kandy to be venerated by large crowds.

As a conservation organization Wildlife and Nature Protection Society, WNPS is committed to protect all species. The wild boar or pig is no exception. Although the wild boar is considered an agricultural pest and can be killed by farmers, during daylight hours and makes the F.F.P.O’s negative list, together with a handful of other species. From an eco system perspective, it is an important species. It is the mandate of our organization to point out the following.

The winter abode of thousands of migratory birds to Sri Lanka is fast vanishing from our motherland; destroyed by the human hand. Sri Lanka, the final land mass before the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean opens out to reach The Antarctica, in the deep south is a winter haven. Sadly, Mannar, one of the last birding paradises in Sri Lanka is being ruined by human greed.

The topic of Sri Lanka’s biodiversity conservation at crossroads will come up for discussion at the Monthly Lecture of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on 20 September at 6 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall of the BMICH.