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Being one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, Sri Lanka possesses a large proportion of endemic species and dense forests. One of the country’s most significant wildlife habitats is the Attidiya-Bellanwila region, which is home to unique plant and animal species. Yet, this region is at the threat of degradation and extinction due to increased urbanization, poaching and deforestation.

The public lecture series of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society will be held on the topic ‘Insects - the Hidden Treasures of Sri Lanka’ by Emeritus Professor Jayanthi Edirisinghe and Professor Nirmalie Pallewatta on August 15 at 6.00 pm at the BMICH.

Being one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, Sri Lanka possesses a large proportion of endemic species and dense forests. One of the country’s most significant wildlife habitats is the Attidiya-Bellanwila region, which is home to unique plant and animal species. Yet, this region is under the threat of degradation and extinction of its species due to increased urbanisation, poaching, and deforestation.

I know this was years ago, but to me, the introductory lesson on Kingdom Animalia under O/L biology made a lasting impression with its detailed introduction on annelids and arthropods. Considering the part it plays in the world’s composition – up to two-thirds of the animal population – needless to say, this discussion is long overdue.

The public lecture series of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society (WNPS) on 15 August at the BMICH at 5 p.m. will focus on ‘Insects – The hidden treasures of Sri Lanka’.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 08:14

INSECTS - THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF SRI LANKA

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. - E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 06:40

Insects - The Hidden Treasures of Sri Lanka

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” - E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 06:29

WNPS lecture on insects

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. - E. O. Wilson

A journey of 125 years dedicated to protect our environs
By Jithendri Gomes

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society is a household name in all spheres in Sri Lanka. Recently, they celebrated their 125th year with a fantastic lecture, covering all elements of land, water, and sky with experts in each area in a panel discussion.

By Jithendri Gomes
On 18 July 2019, the Jasmine Hall of BMICH was full beyond its capacity. Many individuals gathered to learn about the secret lives of the giants in our seas from Dr. Asha de Vos. She kept the entire audience hooked onto every valuable piece of information she shared about these fascinating species. But it was easy to pick the message that she wanted to deliver - leave the whales alone.

Monday, 29 July 2019 05:28

For the love of whales

Dr. Asha De Vos on whales, elephants, their complex social structures and why these creatures need protection
By Madushka Balasuriya

Dr. Asha De Vos is on a mission, a labour of love some may call it, to make an indelible mark on the planet. And with good reason. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some new bit of information released, further cementing the notion that we as a species are doomed. Indeed, for many, the coverage on climate change might have even reached a saturation point – such that most are quite possibly desensitised to its realities – but that is all the more reason people like Asha are needed.

The monthly lecture of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society titled “The Secret Lives of Sri Lanka’s Giants” by Dr. Asha de Vos will be held at 6 p.m. on 18 July at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH.

The Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Ltd. (EFL) and Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) yesterday in a joint statement alleged that the Wilpattu National Park is severely affected by the unregulated activities of the Pallekandal Church. Following is the full statement.

Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL), a non-profit organisation dedicated to environmental conservation through public interest litigation, along with WNPS, an organisation aimed at preventing the destruction and harmful commercial exploitation of species of wild animals and plants and preserving wildlife intact in natural conditions in Sri Lanka, filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal (Bearing No. CA/Writ/51/18) seeking the issuance of a Writ of Mandamus to direct the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) to demarcate the boundaries of Pallekandal Church situated within the Wilpattu National Park (WNP) and to regulate activities of the Pallekandal Church according to the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance No.02 of 1937 as amended (FFPO) on January 24, 2018.

Blue whales and sperm whales, the largest baleen and toothed whales in our oceans, spend time off the coastlines of Sri Lanka. Both species lead fascinating lives that we have gradually begun to unravel.