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A society under the name of Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle was established in 1993 in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Galle. The society is registered in the Central Environmental Authority under the reg. no.6/6/17/30.

The objectives of the society are to create an interest for wildlife in Sri Lanka among the school children and the general public and work with dedication towards the conservation of the wildlife in the country.
To achieve these objectives, the society has made untiring efforts through the conduction of exhibitions, lectures, excursions and many more community based programs in many parts of the country.

The society works closely with University Academics, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, foreign experts etc. giving its services in the way of expert knowledge, field guidance and assistance. During the course of years, our members have gathered vast experience and Knowledge in conservation methods of bio-diversity and are now suitably qualified for undertaking its own research programs. We have now established our own projects office at Galle with sufficient facilities for research. The society has been an equal partner in a number of collaborative research projects assisted form Department of Wildlife Conservation, Forest Department, National Maritime Museum, National Museum, University of Ruhuna and The Open University of Sri Lanka.

A society under the name of Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle was established in 1993 in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Galle. The society is registered in the Central Environmental Authority under the reg. no.6/6/17/30.

The objectives of the society are to create an interest for wildlife in Sri Lanka among the school children and the general public and work with dedication towards the conservation of the wildlife in the country.
To achieve these objectives, the society has made untiring efforts through the conduction of exhibitions, lectures, excursions and many more community based programs in many parts of the country.

During the last decade, members of the society had made some pioneering research and have been able discover several new faunal species, thus making a tremendous

Contribution to our bio-diversity knowledge. Our members have also been successful to rediscover species which were considered as extinct and further more we have discovered some threatened restricted species in new locations where they have not been recorded before. Some examples of our work are listed below:

Our Society has contributed to discover the following new species from Southern Sri Lanka:
  In the recent past, our society has been able to get the permission from the Galle Municipality, to establish an education center inside a rainforest which is located within the boundaries of the area belonging to the Galle Municipality. \This rain forest has an extent of 600 acres and situated in Hiyare, Galle. A subject education center was declared opened on 6th April 2003. In this center the society conducts its own research programs, and especially educational programs, to address the requirements of the villagers, general public of the surrounding areas and most importantly school children in Southern Province of Sri Lanka

.In this center, the society maintains a library, a lecture Hall and Dormitory. At present, school children, University Students, School teachers and General Public use these facilities during their visits to the center. The society also conducts lectures, slide shows, workshop and other educational programs within the rain forest for its visitors. And also this Center is use to rescue and treat and rehabilitate injured wild animals with the corporation of the Department of Wildlife. Also we had conducted some conservation project to increase the populations of some rare animal groups Eg. An in situ breeding program for phytotelm microhylid frog Ramanella nagaoi this was the first in situ breeding program in Sri Lanka. Loris 2006 (24) 3-4.and we are conducting a feeding plant introduction program for rare butterfly species Eg. Ceylon rose and Ceylon Bird wing.

New white monkey color morph found in Sri Lanka's rain forest

Sept 11, Colombo: The members of Galle Wildlife Conservation Association say that they have identified a new color morph of white monkeys from Sri Lanka's World Heritage site of Sinharaja rain forest. The researchers have confirmed that the new color morph was not an albino of the common black monkey found in Sinharaja forest. Chairman of Galle Wildlife Conservation Association Madura de Silva said that they traced this white monkey color morph in several places in the southern region of the Sinharaja forest during a survey conducted with the assistance of the Biodiversity Unit of the Ministry of Environment. The group issued the photos of the white monkeys they took following the information from the treacle tappers in the border villages of Sinharaja. The research team has observed 26 monkey troops in the rain forests and home gardens around Galle and Matara districts and found 30 individuals with unusual white color in 14 troops. The group comprising Madura de Silva, Nadika Hapuarachchi and P.A. Rohan Krishantha, reports that the white monkey is a color morph of the southern purple faced leaf langer and systematic DNA testing is needed to determine subspecies and form accurate maps of locations. Download Original Paper (PDF)