Animals in Polonnaruwa to be provided with ‘drinking water’

Animals in Polonnaruwa to be provided with ‘drinking water’

Written by Bella Dalima

16 Aug, 2014 | 8:08 pm

A programme was launched in the Polonnaruwa sanctuary on Sunday to provide drinking water to animals that have been affected by the drought.

The Wildlife Department stated that they commenced this programme to safeguard the lives of animals who venture in search of water . The Polonnaruwa sanctuary which spans across 1500 acres is rich in bio diversity and is home to many fauna .

A number of small water sources usually supply these animals with adequate drinking water, however nearly all of these water sources have dried up due to the drought.

According to the Wildlife Department nearly 500 deer and countless troupes of monkeys and Chevrotains live in the area.

The programme was carried out by the Wildlife Department together with the Department of Archaeology and the Central Cultural Fund of Polonnaruwa.

Wildlife Department officials noted that water barrels located around the sanctuary will be periodically filled up.

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