A National Stink
Text and Pictures By Pavithra Jovan De Mello
The Dehiwala National Zoo. We have all been here at least once in our lifetime- some many times. The place currently needs a thorough overhaul. Some of the animals’ cages are either too small or not in a good condition, and the sanitation services for the visitors are disappointing. A few safety hazards like a broken railing, and also a slide in the children’s play area which actually has a jagged edged hole towards the base, has been ignored by the management.The stench coming from certain cages can be unbearable at times, and the cage for the lion seems too small, making the king of the jungle appear lethargic, as he has no space to prowl. Utilities such as taps for drinking water and commodes in the toilets were broken and not maintained.