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Zoological Garden in Sri Lanka is situated in 11 km from the Fort – Colombo, the zoo has a fine collection of animals, birds, reptiles and fish from all over the world. The aquarium is the only one of its kind in Asia and displays over 500 varieties of aquatic life. Also walk through Aviary, Reptilian, and Butterfly Park to see another amazing world of wild animals. There are daily elephant performance at 5.15 p.m. Open daily between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
To hold the animals before exporting them to Europe he bought 05 acres of land at Dehiwala at the beginning of the century. This became quite popular among the residents of the area. The total area of the collection centre was increased to 11 acres to hold the animals received. Subsequently the centre was taken over by the government in 1936. The extent of the land was increased gradually to present status of 25 acres.
The Dehiwala Zoo Aquarium is widely recognized as a popular tourist attraction since it harbours substantial collection of aquatic life. It consists with unparalleled range of aquatic life including fresh water, marine and brackish water fauna and flora, from different eco systems around the globe. Visitors will witness rare and fascinating species such as Arapaima (The largest fresh water fish in the world),Lung Fish (A fish that has real “lungs” as of a human beings), Polypterus, (a living fossile), large catfishes, performing sea lions and penguins from the different parts of the world.
Giving the maximum viewing facilities to the visitors the aquarium bears some aquarias where public can watch them by the sides. The aquarium which is a home to a diverse collection of over 100 varieties of fish and invertebrates as well as aquatic plants are exhibited in near natural conditions.
At the nighttime these living aquatic species are exhibited under the lighted natural and landscaped environment and it is guaranteed to be both a memorable educational experience as well as an delightful meeting with the wonders of the aquatic world.
Opening hours for night expedition
• Daily -06.30 pm-08.15pm.
• Last admission -07.45pm.
• Sea Lion Show -07.45pm.