Birds Park and Research Centre – Hambantota
Birds Park and Research Centre Hambantota is home to endemic and exotic birds with over 180 varieties and around 3200 birds. The park, located in the Southern part of the island, expands on a landscape of 35 acres and is dedicated to creating awareness and interest in wildlife and the Importance of Conservation of fauna and flora.
The Centre breeds endangered bird species with the assistance of foreign bird breeding centres and the replacement of rare species with other zoological gardens globally. It also facilitates university students and research scholars to conduct studies and research, thus creating academic and professional ties with the reputed educational and research institutions in the subject of ornithology.
The park contributes to both social and economic structures in the area. It provides direct employment generation for around 50 families and trains the local youth as bird watching guides to support Bundala and kumana sanctuaries tourist excursions. These factors, along with regional development initiatives focused on nature tourism, helps increase regional revenue to the area and eventually improve the quality of life of the locality.