INNOVATION FOR CONSERVATION
WILDLANKA
Journal of the Department of Wildlife Conservation,
Sri Lanka.
Conservation of Man-made Wetlands

An ancient irrigation tanks have substituted for the former wetland type. Ancient irrigation tanks include the Parakrama Samudraya and the Minneriya tank can be identified as the man made wetlands in Sri Lanka. Most of the man-made wetlands are being challenged to remain in its original glory due to degradation of its catchment. Therefore there ..... Read More

Two specific  wetland plant species in Sri Lanka

Arundinaria densifolia is an endemic plant species belongs to the Gramineae plant family distributed around wetlands in Horton Plains in Sri Lanka also known as ‘dwarf bamboo’. Dwarf bamboo is found only in the wet patanas that occur on the Horton Plains, where it often forms dense thickets and grows in cold, standing water. Gamble (..... Read More

Wetland Birds

Waterways and wetlands are linking one habitat to the other like the blood stream of the body keeping all the organs are functioning. Wetlands are one of the most productive habitats in Sri Lanka by supporting natural communities of great beauty and diversity.

H.U.K.Dilanjani
NEWS FEATURE| 05 Jun 2020

M.D.K.L.Gunathilaka
NEWS FEATURE| 05 Jun 2020

Vimukthi Weeratunga
NEWS FEATURE| 05 Jun 2020

Recent Publications

REVIEW ARTICLE
2019-12-31 | 7(4)

WANDERING OF SRI LANKA FROM PRECAMBRIAN TO RECENT

Many earth scientists have postulated that Sri Lanka is a Precambrian landmass composed mainly of Proterozoic rocks. Published worked by such previous workers divulged that the recent geochronological data of Sri Lanka suggest that: (1) Highland/Southwestern Complex (H/SWC) sedimentation as well as igneous activity in the form of basic lava flows, basic sills and dykes took place ~ 2,000 Ma ago; (2) intrusion of the earliest granitoids into the Highland Complex (HC) took place 1,940 to 1,800 Ma ago; (3) orthogneisses of the Wanni Complex (WC) were intruded between 1,100 and 670 Ma; (4) orthogneisses of the Vijayan Complex (VC) were intruded between 1,040 - 1,030 Ma; and (5) highgrade regional metamorphism of the HC, VC and WC took place ..... Read More

Jinadasa Katupotha,

RESEARCH ARTICLE
2019-12-31 | 7(4)

IMPACT OF MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES OF PUBLIC HEALTH IMPORTANCE IN WILD BIRD DROPPINGS – A COMPLICATION IN URBAN LANDSCAPES

Identification of potentially pathogenic bacteria to human health in the environment is essential to manage ecosystem health. The study was conducted surrounding a Lake, in the city of Kandy, a highly urbanized tourist destination in Central Sri Lanka. Fifty samples of fresh bird droppings from House Crow (15), Little Cormorant (20), Rock Pigeon (05), Little Egret (05) and Black – crowned Night Heron (05) were collected at five different points using sterile swabs. After pretreatment with saline, 50 μL from each was spread on LB and M17 agar media. Plates were incubated at 37 ºC for 24 hours. Colony counts were taken. Different morphotypes were subjected to gram staining. Isolated organisms were identified through PCR based..... Read More

M.A.Y.N.Weerasinghe,D.N.Magana–Arachchi,

RESEARCH ARTICLE
2019-12-31 | 7(4)

ICHTHYOFAUNA AT WARATHENNA-HAKKINDA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AREA IN KANDY, SRI LANKA

The Mahaweli River, which is the longest river in Sri Lanka, flows through the wet, intermediate and dry zones of the country. Large extents along this river are yet to be explored for its rich biodiversity. One such area along the Mahaweli River at Gatambe, Warathenna in the Kandy District appears to harbor a diverse community of flora and fauna and hence recently declared as an Environmental Protection Area (EPA). The present study was carried out to investigate and prepare a comprehensive checklist of the freshwater fish in this EPA. Field sampling was carried out using a cast net to survey the fish along the margins while fishermen’s catch was used to identify fish in deeper waters. Twenty-eight fish species belonging to 11 fam..... Read More

D.Thilakarathne,G.N.Hirimuthugoda,T. Lakkana,S. Kumburegama,

RESEARCH ARTICLE
2019-12-31 | 7(4)

DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION PATTERN OF GENUS Strobilanthes BLUME IN SRI LANKA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION PLANNING

Thirty three species of Strobilanthes BLUME in Sri Lanka and varieties of some species are illustrated with information on distribution pattern, elevation range, habitat and distinguishing characters useful for individual identification. All species have a rather restricted distribution in undisturbed montane and sub-montane forests and lowland rain forests of the island. Recorded locations of all species were mapped on floristic zones in Sri Lanka. Among the floristic zones, Foothills of Adam's Peak and Ambagamuwa has the highest species richness, whereas dry zone is the lowest compared to Strobilanthes recorded zones. Furthermore diversity and distribution of plants were affected by altitude. About 66% of Stro..... Read More

R.M.R.Nilanthi,

RESEARCH ARTICLE
2019-09-30 | 7(3)

AN INVESTIGATION ON INTENSITY OF RECORDED HUMAN ELEPHANT CONFLICT, MEASURES TAKEN TO MITIGATE AND THE BODY CONDITION OF ELEPHANTS OBSERVED IN A WILDLIFE PROTECTED AREA, SRI LANKA

Human elephant conflict has gained more attention than ever but solutions have done little to solve the problem. As the issues are area specific it is important to understand the context at each locality to propose mitigatory measures. A study was conducted to identify the trends in human and wild elephant deaths in and around Maduru Oya National Park. Data were collected from Department of Wildlife Conservation. Also, body condition of elephants found in the park were assesses using the methodology developed by Fernando et al 2009. Additionally, electric fences in the vicinity of the national park were ground truthed and were mapped using ArcGIS. Both the human deaths and animal deaths are escalating in Maduru Oya. In 2018 alone17 human..... Read More

A.S.C.Wilson,U.K.G.K.Padmalal,S. Jayakody,

RESEARCH ARTICLE
2019-09-30 | 7(3)

PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMIC RETURNS OF CULTIVATING REED PLANTS (Cyperus corymbosus) UNDER RAIN FED CONDITIONS IN WET ZONE PADDY FIELDS

Different types of plant materials are used in traditional craft industry. Gallehe (Cyperus corymbosus) is the most commonly used reed plant and considered as a good quality weaving material . Traditionally materials were collected from the wild and natural habitats are now depleted . Therefore this research was conducted to study the feasibility & economic returns of grown Cyperus corymbosus under the rain fed conditions in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. The experiment was designed in a randomized complete block design with two replicates ten square meters each The study site consist of sandy loam soil having 5.71 p.H levels, EC of 0.05dc m-1 with available P and exchangeable K are 11.7 ppm and 114.09 ppm respectively...... Read More

G.D.A.PriyanthiI,I.Madhavi,A.P.K.Aruni Priyangika Peiris,

RESEARCH ARTICLE
2019-09-30 | 7(3)

STUDY ON BUDDHIST ATTITUDES ON ANIMAL LIBERATION WITH REFERENCE TO THE PALI CANON

Buddhism consciously persuades beings to alleviation of defilements for the sake of all the creatures not only the human but all the animals. Nevertheless, Buddhism appreciates always unity of all living beings irrespective of designation. Considering on the animal liberation in Buddhism interestingly and significantly emphasize under the concept of loving-kindness (Mettā). Buddhism does not commend either harm to myself, or harm others and both. Predominately Buddhism declares expressively to loving and compassionate towards all the beings. The minimum code of ethics that Buddhist lay people follow the five precepts there first precept is abstention from killing living beings. Therefore, Buddhism has given equivalent places to all the ..... Read More

Ven. Thittagalle Arunasiri,


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