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Posts related to wildlife conservation efforts whether by Jetwing Hotels, ongoing by others or as commentary of needed efforts

Celebrate International Day of Forests 2017

March 21 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The day addresses issues such as deforestation. International Day of Forests 2017 to promote the use of Wood… Continue Reading →

Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2017

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 of February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.’Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction’… Continue Reading →

Biodiversity Checklist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Towering over 1,884 meters above sea level and cradled amidst mist-covered mountains of the central hills massif of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, lies Jetwing St. Andrew’s (Latitude- 6.979587 Longitude-80.763823). A model wetland was designed and developed at this hotel to… Continue Reading →

Montane hour-glass tree-frog

Scientific Name: Taruga eques  The Montane hour-glass tree-frog is a colourful frog with a flattened body, long legs and expanded pads on it fingers and toes. The dorsal colour is a mixture of brown and yellowish orange with hour-glass mark. The… Continue Reading →

Bird life of Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya

Located in the center of the Nuwara Eliya city, the Victoria Park, was formally named as such to commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally used as the research field of  the Hakgala Botanical Garden,… Continue Reading →

Nature walk to Lover’s Leap waterfall

The spectacular waterfall is about 30 meters high and falls off from a huge rock; and is incipient of the streams and brooks of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain range, Piduruthalagala (at 2524m). Lover’s Leap is not a large waterfall, nevertheless,… Continue Reading →

Jetwing Lighthouse – Turtle Conservation Project

Marine turtles have been roaming the world’s oceans for about 190 million years; and today, seven different species of sea turtles grace our ocean waters, from the shallow sea grass beds of the Indian Ocean, to the colorful reefs of… Continue Reading →

Reptile Diversity of Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Sri Lanka has a very high biodiversity and is one of the 34 hot spots in the world. The island also possesses a large number of endemic and relict reptile fauna. The Indian subcontinent and the Malayan region have been… Continue Reading →

Swayanjatha Rice

Swayanjatha, meaning “Born on its own” in Sinhala, is an indigenous variety of red rice paddy, endemic to Sri Lanka. Unlike the conventional varieties of rice cultivated in the country, this rice variety is grown on dry land as chena… Continue Reading →

Recognising the Importance of Wetlands

Wetland habitats are characterized by the permanent or temporary accumulation of water and associated flora and fauna. Initial interest in wetlands began with waterfowl hunting and the escalating exploitation of wetland resources resulted in the Convention on Wetlands, referred to… Continue Reading →

Conservation efforts needed to protect whales of Sri Lanka

The world’s whale watchers, naturalists and scientists are discovering what an incredible place Sri Lanka is to observe whales and dolphins. Large pods of whales are regularly observed close to the Sri Lankan coast with major hot spots off the… Continue Reading →

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