Saturday, October 24, 2020

Wildlife Sanctuaries of Sri Lanka

Sanctuaries are a category of protected areas in Sri Lanka, administered by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. They ensure the protection of wildlife which is outside to state land and therefore, sanctuaries may include private lands also. Good human activities are allowed in sanctuaries. However, activities such as hunt, shoot, kill, wound or take wild animal or take or destroy any egg of any birds or reptile or any nest of any bird, damage to breeding place of animals are prohibited. Also, it is forbidden to fell, collect, damage or remove any plant, construct any building, road or path, clearing, cultivation, mining, filling, disposing garbage on any state land. It is not necessary to obtain a permit for enter into a sanctuary.

List of sanctuaries in Sri Lanka

No. Protected Area Date of declaration Extent (ha.)
1 Anawilundawa 11.06.1997 1397.0
2 Anuradhapura 27.05.1938 3500.5
3 Bellanwila-Attidiya 25.07.1990 372.0
4 Buddhangala 01.11.1974 1841.3
5 Chundikulam 25.02.1938 11149.1
6 Dahaiyagala 07.06.2002 2685.07
7 Elahera Giritale 13.01.2000 14035.2
8 Elluwila Yaya 11.09.2003 186.0
9 Galoya North Eastern 12.02.1954 12432.0
10 Galoya South East 12.02.1954 15281.0
11 Galway's Land 27.05.1938 56.6
12 Godawaya 25.05.2006 232.0
13 Honduwa Island 19.11.1973 8.5
14 Horagolla 05.10.1973 13.3
15 Kahala Pallekele 01.07.1989 21690.0
16 Kalamatiya 28.06.1984 2525.2
17 Katagamuwa 27.05.1938 1003.6
18 Kataragama 27.05.1938 837.7
19 Kimbulvana Oya 21.06.1963 492.1
20 Kiralakele 08.09.2003 310.0
21 Kirama Oya 06.10.2004 5.0
22 Kokilai 18.05.1951 1995.0
23 Kudasobara (Little Sober Island) 21.06.1963 6.5
24 Kudumbigala, Panama 20.02.2006 6534.0
25 Kurulu Kele, Kegalle 14.03.1941 113.3
26 Lokusobara (Great Sober Island) 21.06.1963 64.7
27 Madampawila 21.09.2007 1217.75
28 Madin Duwa 06.06.1980 0.8
29 Madu Road 28.06.1968 26677.0
30 Maduganga 17.07.2006 2300.0
31 Madunagala 30.06.1993 995.2
32 Mahakanadarawa Wewa 09.12.1966 519.33
33 Maimbulkanda, Nittambuwa 31.10.1972 23.5
34 Mihintale 27.05.1938999.6
35 Minneriya Giritale 29.07.1938 6693.5
36 Muthurajawela I 31.10.1996 1028.6
37 Muthurajawela II 31.10.1996 256.8
38 Nimalawa 18.02.1993 1065.8
39 Padaviya Wewa 21.06.1963 6475.0
40 Paraputuwa Meheni 17.08.1988 189.6
41 Peak Wilderness 25.10.1940 22379.1
42 Pigeon Island 18.05.1973 97.1
43 Polonnaruwa 27.05.1938 1521.6
44 Rawana Ella 18.05.1979 1932.0
45 Rekawa 25.05.2006 271.0
46 Rock Islets, Ambalangoda 25.10.1940 1.2
47 Rumassala 03.01.2003 170.7
48 Sagamam 21.06.1963 616.4
49 Senanayaka Samudraya 12.02.1954 9324.0
50 Seruwila Allei 09.10.1970 15540.0
51 Sigiriya 26.01.1990 5099.0
52 Sri Jayawardanapura 09.01.1985 449.2
53 Tabbowa 19.07.2002 2193.31
54 Tangamalai 27.05.1938 131.5
55 Telwatte 25.02.1938 1424.5
56 Trincomalee Naval Base 21.06.1963 18130.0
57 Udawattakele 29.07.1938 1041.2
58 Vankellei 08.09.2008 4839.0
59 Vavunikulam 21.06.1963 4856.2
60 Victoria Randenigala Rantembe 30.01.1987 42087.3
61 Weerawila-Tissa 27.05.1938 4164.2
62 Welhilla Katagilla 18.02.1949 134.3
63 Welipara (Bar Reef) 03.04.1992 30669.9
64 Wilmanna 30.06.2006 3340.0
65 Wilpattu North 25.02.1938 632.0
66 Yodha Wewa 24.09.1954 4330.1

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