Environmental Projects in Sri Lanka

Wildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation

Sri Lanka has diverse habitats and a great variety of indigenous wildlife and plant life. To help maintain breeding populations of some of the more vulnerable animal species endemic to the island, conservation projects have been started. Tikalanka encourages travellers to visit some of these projects to support their conservation work.

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. Tikalanka is an active supporter of Born Free and its animal welfare campaigns, and we encourage all travellers to be aware of potential animal exploitation while on their holidays.

Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. Born Free's Travellers’ Animal Alert campaign works around the world to generate a greater public awareness of animal suffering and exploitation, encouraging the public to report animal 'attractions' they encounter both in the UK and abroad, and to promote the philosophies of the Born Free Foundation.

Throughout the world there are hundreds of thousands of wild animals exhibited in zoological collections, performing in circuses, dolphinaria and magic shows, or used as photographic props. While some establishments do appear to provide the animals with adequate conditions, many do not and these continue to thrive due to the support of the tourism industry.

Travellers’ Animal Alert is about being a compassionate traveller, alerting Born Free of captive animal suffering around the world. Incorporating complaints received from concerned members of the public returning from holidays in both the UK and abroad, Born Free hopes to tackle the growing problems associated with captive wild animal welfare.

Tikalanka is an active supporter of Travellers’ Animal Alert and we encourage all travellers to be aware of potential animal exploitation while on their holidays. In order to help Travellers’ Animal Alert, Tikalanka will promote the following guidelines as a provider of responsible tourism:

  • Promote Travellers’ Animal Alert in our customer travel documents and on our website
  • Pledge not to promote any exploitative animal 'attraction' through our company literature or website
  • Encourage all our holiday service providers not to promote any activity that involves animal exploitation
  • Encourage our staff and customers to look out for captive animal exploitation and report any suffering to Travellers’ Animal Alert
  • Actively encourage compassionate and responsible tourism.

To find out more, visit http://www.bornfree.org.uk/

“We thoroughly enjoyed the safaris. The whole experience at Yala with the Kulu Safaris was wonderful. That and Castlereagh – Tea Trails [Adam’s Peak] were probably the highlights.”

Lesley & Elizabeth