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Wildlife Conservation Society - Galle

This was established in 1993, is a non-profit organization which registered under Central Environmental Authority (Reg No: 6/6/17/30) as an environmental organization. The society aims to create an interest in wildlife among the general public in Sri Lanka and work with dedication towards conservation.

We engage in diverse research and conservation projects encompassing both flora and fauna in Sri Lanka, with the overarching goal of preserving various valuable ecosystems and their components. Our initiatives also include awareness programs aimed at emphasizing the importance of safeguarding these invaluable entities for the future. These efforts extend to enhancing awareness among school children, university students, and the general public.

Among the various conservation initiatives, the Society’s most impactful projects include, ‘Biodiversity Awareness on General Public’, ‘Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation program’, “Mangrove and Rainforest Restoration program” and ‘3R (Rescue, Rehab, Release) Program for Critically Endangered Hog deer’. Some of these projects has been awarded several times, nationally and internationally (e.g.: 3R (Rescue, Rehab, Release) Program for Critically endangered Hog deer’ was awarded by Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2017).

In addition to our research and conservation projects, the Society has contributed to the scientific literature, publishing several scientific papers and books covering both flora and fauna. Notably, our research papers have been featured in international scientific journals, and we’ve authored several books, such as the noteworthy ‘Sri Lankan Freshwater Fishes,’ published in 2015.

Also, The society has actively participated as an equal partner in numerous collaborative research projects undertaken with various agencies, including the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Forest Department, National Maritime Museum, National Museum-Sri Lanka, University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, University of Ruhuna, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Biodiversity Secretariat, Wayamba University, IUCN Sri Lanka, Wildlife & Nature Protection Society, Chester Zoo, National History Museum London, Royal Botanical Garden, Wildlife Heritage Trust, and San Diego Zoo.

Furthermore, WCSG has actively engaged in addressing several environmentally sensitive social issues using a scientific approach. Our efforts aim to resolve these problems with minimal environmental and socio-economic damage while maximizing a win-win situation for both the affected society and the environment.

At present, WCSG owns three Research and Education Centers/facilities. The Environmental Research and Education Center in Hiyare, Galle established as the organization’s base in 2007. This facility is utilized for conducting wildlife and environmental research, along with education and awareness programs designed for school children, university students, and the general public. In 2012, a wildlife hospital was established at the same facility with the primary objectives of rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing sick and injured wild animals back into their natural habitats. In 2017, WCSG established its second asset, the “Sinharaja Base Camp”, a dormitory-type accommodation facility established at the proximity of the Lankagama Entrance of the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, in order to promote ecotourism, while increasing the sustainability of the Society. In 2021, another wildlife research center was established in a private land owned by WCSG, at the border of Morningside Proposed Reserve, the Eastern Sinharaja Range, in order to conduct research and conservation efforts aimed at preserving the precious and unique ecosystem of the Eastern Sinharaja.

We were not alone along the journey. Several companies and organizations that value life on Earth, including Nations Trust Bank, MAS Capital, MAS Intimates, Hatton National Bank, A. Baur & Co Ltd, Dimo Lanka Ltd, Wildlife & Nature Protection Society, Dialog Axiata PLC, and Cinnamon Nature Trails, have consistently supported and sponsored our conservation efforts and continue to stand with us.

Fighting for Greenery

The Sri Lanka lowland rainforests represent the country’s tropical rainforests below 1,000 m (3,281
ft) in elevation, primarily situated in the southwestern part of the island. They are home to the majority of endemic and threatened flora and
fauna found in Sri Lanka. Our efforts are dedicated to protecting the Sri Lanka lowland rainforests, as by doing so, we aim to safeguard its wildlife.

Lowland rain forests cover
The lowland rain forests cover 124,340.8 ha in total and accounts for 2.14 percent of Sri Lanka's land are.
Remaining forests cover
The remaining forests cover only 4.6 percent of the wet zone.


Between 1990 and 2005, Sri Lanka has showed one of the highest deforestation rates of primary forests in the world.

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