Sri Lanka Tourism to continue Nature Interpretation training in National Parks

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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in collaboration with Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO) and Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) successfully concluded Nature Interpretation Training for Jeep Drivers at the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks last year and look forward to continuing the same in Yala national park this year.

These programs are designed to educate jeep drivers on the importance of natural fauna and flora and especially on the importance of maintaining park discipline to reduce the frequent negative comments made by visitors.

The program is conducted by Dr Sumith Pilapitiya, former Director-General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation and elephant researcher, Nishad Wijethunga, Committee Member of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators – SLAITO, Historian Neranjana Gunetilleke and Rahula Perera, Conservation Scientist and Nature Interpreter.

Over 1,100 safari jeep drivers were trained with the active participation of Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) Officials and the Wardens of Minneriya and Kaudulla parks last year.