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Dehiwala Zoo - United States

Dehiwala Zoo (also called Colombo Zoo or National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka) is a zoological garden in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, founded in 1936. Its sprawling areas are host to a variety of animals and birds. The zoo exhibits animals but also places an emphasis on animal conservation and welfare, and education.Visions for the zoo include, "To create one of the world’s outstanding zoological institutions, that is a centre of the excellence for conservation, research and education" and mission is "Resourceful conservation of animals by means of a learning, achieved through the exhibition of species which were adopted with loving care". The zoo has 3000 animals and 350 species as of 2005. The annual revenue is 40 million rupees.Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka exchange its residents with other zoological gardens . The animal breeding program conducted by the zoo is compelling for this kind of activity.

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Location: Dehiwala, Colombo

Official site: http://www.colombozoo.gov.lk

Subscription: World AZA (WAZA)

Size: 10.1 ha (0.10 km²)

Visitors per year: ~1 500 000 (2008)

Main events: Mammals, Reptiles, Aquatic animals, Birds

Animals: 3 000 (2005)

Species: 350 (2005)

Opened: 1936

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