The first stage of the Pinnawala Zoological Gardens is planned to be opened in November this year.
Construction of the open-air Zoo, the first in Sri Lanka is being carried out near the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. A group including Deputy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya undertook a visit to the construction site. Work on the Zoo commenced in the year 2000. Thereafter, its work was resumed in 2005 on the instructions of the President. Minister Basil Rajapaksa recently gave instructions to the officials to accelerate the work. Accordingly, the access road from the Karandupana Junction to Pinnawala is being carpeted. Its expenditure is 200 million rupees. Four acres of the Zoological gardens will be allocated for local animals. There will be an internal road network, a security dam, a water tank and other basic facilities. The Government’s intention is to develop the area as a tourist zone with the opening of the open-air Zoo.