Wildlife Conservation Society Galle - Projects
   
WCSG Research Projects
   
  Biodiversity evaluation and Conservation Projects of WCSG are partnership projects with the Nations Trust Bank PLC Sri Lanka, Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka and Forest Department of Sri Lanka. The main aim of these projects is to establish awareness about our prestige biological diversity and its conservation to the posterity of Sri Lanka. This includes Education programs (lectures, workshops, exhibitions for school children and university students), Biological diversity evaluation projects and Sites or species targeted conservation programs.
   
  Current Research Projects - Biological diversity evaluation Projects
   
  National Freshwater fish survey of Sri Lanka
  In 2011 WCSG has initiated the National Survey of the Freshwater Fish survey of Sri Lanka with the Biodiversity secretariat of the Ministry of Environment. This study revealed six potentially new freshwater fish species. Some of these species were taken to the recent review of the genus Puntius (see Pethiyagoda, R, Meegaskumbura, M., A & Maduwage, K. 2012: A synopsis of the South Asian fishes referred to Puntius (Pisces: Cyprinidae), Ichthyolgical Exploration Freshwaters, 23(1): 69–95). A new species discovered by us tentatively named as ‘Richmondi’ in this paper and it will be describe very soon. Furthermore, random observations by the WCSG in other river basins also revealed that the there will be many more new species of freshwater fishes that new to science from Sri Lanka especially in the following genera Devario, Aplocheilus and Oryzias.

Main objectives include:

  • Assessment of the freshwater fish species diversity of Sri Lanka including north & east areas (Priority will be given to north & east areas as they have not been sampled since 30 years).
  • Assessment of the population status of each species in each river basins
  • Assessment of the species that have not been recorded for a long time (more than 30 years).
  • To do a systematically mapping for all species by using Garmin GPS Locations system.   
  • To conduct revisions on the following genera, Devario, Aplocheilus and Oryzias
   
  Evaluation of amphibian fauna of Dediyagala Forest reserve
 

This project initiated in 2012 with the Diggili Oya faunal assessment survey. Preliminary studies revealed two new species of amphibian which is in the describing process by the WCSG

   
  Current Research Projects - Sites or Species Conservation Projects
   
  Biodiversity Conservation Educational Program and Workshops - View Photo
  Since the mission of the WCSG’s is to Conservation Nature through Education, we are conducting many lectures, workshops and exhibitions in Sri Lanka
   
  Animal Rescue Program - View Photos
  Animal Rescue Program is an on-going project to provide temporary shelter, food, medical treatments for wild animals. After treatments these animals released to original habitats including Protected Areas. If they found in human habitations released to well-established habitats.
   
  Completed Projects - Biological diversity evaluation Projects
   
  Galle and Matara Biological diversity evaluation surveys
  Two faunal evaluation projects carried out by the WCSG with the partnership of the Biodiversity Secretariat of Sri Lanka during 2008-2009. This projects discovered many new species of freshwater fish, amphibians and as well as several new records for amphibians, freshwater fish, land snails, reptiles etc.
   
  Dediyagala (Diggili Oya) Faunal Survey
  Dediyagala (Diggili Oya) faunal evaluation is conducted to highlight its prestige biological diversity. Since this area selected as a proposed area to build a dam by the Government (Irrigation Department), we initiated a faunal survey with the collaboration of Department of Forest and the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Our discoveries presented by the Project Report. We discovered two new shrub frog species from Dediyagala Diggili Oya area.
   
  Completed Projects - Sites or Species Conservation Projects
   
  First in situ Conservation Program for the rare, tree hole dwelling Microhylidae frog, Ramanella nagaoi of Southern Sri Lanka
  This species accepted the artificial tree holes (cement) and the project was successful; still they bred in those tree holes. This project is the first in situ breeding program for an amphibian species in Sri Lanka.
   
  Study on the breeding biology of the endemic Curled leaf shrub frog, Pseudophilautus folicola
  This research was present for the Amphibian Conservation Husbandry (ACH) Workshop at the Devon Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka (4th–11th November 2009).
   
  Assessment of Dragonfly fauna of the Galle District
  WCSG initiated the evaluation of the Dragonfly fauna of the Galle District.
   

   

Southern Purple faced leaf Monkey Conservation Project

  Biodiversity Conservation project Hiyare is a partnership project with the Nation Trust Bank Sri Lanka. The Basic aim of this project is to build awareness about our biodiversity and is conservation to the future generation of Sri Lanka. This includes Education programs like lectures, workshops, exhibitions for school children and university students.
Also this project will inc
  The Primates.
    Five species of non-human primates occur in Sri Lanka — the Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica), Purple-faced Langur (Semnopithecus vetulus), Slender Lorises (Loris tardigradus and Loris lydekkarianus) and the Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam thersites).
  Research
    1. Observation on Rain forest troupes and troupes living in near human settlements. About their differences in feeding behavior. And to document the most preferable feeding plants for habitat restoration programs.
2. Research on social behavior and home range on Southern Purple faced leaf monkey in selected troops.
3. Research taxonomical variations and color variations on Southern Purple faced leaf money.
4. Documenting and mapping of Southern Purple faced leaf monkey troop’s home ranges as much as possible in Galle, Matara and Kaluthara Dstricts.
  Threats
  Conservation
    1. To conduct education programs on Purple faced leaf Langurs and their important to our eco systems to School children and General public.
2. To minimize the human monkey conflict by planting non commercial, but preferred feeding plants for monkeys in buffer areas were human monkey conflict occurs.
3. To put feeding plants and monitor the growth of the plants and acceptance from the Southern Purple Faced leaf monkey in Schools gardens, cemeteries, playgrounds, etc…..
4. Rescue injured and domesticated leaf monkeys and rehabilitate them in a orphanage inside Hiyare rain forest and release them back to wild and monitor their behavior.
   

Snake Bite Awareness Project

  Conduct of snake bite program for medical staff and members of the Sri Lanka Red-cross Society of Matale, Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Districs to increase the awareness of snake bits and to decrease the snake bits. Design, printing and dissemination of many publications related to snakes and venomous snakes have also been major component of this initiative. This project was a collaborative partnership project with Environmental Foundation Ltd under Green Recovery project funded by the World Wildlife Fund and American Red cross.
  Venomous Snakes, mitigation of Snake bites and First Aid Provision after bites.
    Conduct of snake bite program for medical staff and members of the Sri Lanka Red-cross Society of Matale, Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Districs to increase the awareness of snake bites and to decrease the snake bites. Design, printing and dissemination of many publications related to snakes and venomous snakes have also been major component of this initiative. This project was a collaborative partnership project with Environmental Foundation Ltd under Green Recovery project funded by the World Wildlife Fund and American Red cross.