There is no way of knowing the actual numbers of animals dying at Dehiwala Zoo, but a brief search online, revealed the following
casualties:

April 2001
A female black rhino named Momella was found dead with its horn missing.
http://www.island.lk/2003/08/06/midwee01.html

July 2009
A Lioness dies at Dehiwala Zoo
http://archives.dailynews.lk/2009/07/09/news36.asp

2009
Deaths of Spotted Deer, Penguins, 2 baby Meerkats, a Pony, Hippopotamus, Macaw and a Tapier.
http://srilankawatch.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=1
http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/11/50520_space.html

March 2012
A female Camel dies at Dehiwala Zoo.
http://www.hirunews.lk/29628/investigationsinto-death-camel-at-dehiwala-zoo

December 2013
Female Anaconda eats male Anaconda due to starvation and unsuitable mating conditions.
http://newsfirst.lk/english/2013/12/dehiwala-female-anacondavomits-back-male-anaconda/11105

May 2014
Several animals taken from the Zoo during CHOGM are found dead.
http://www.therepublicsquare.com/politics/2014/05/animalstaken-for-exhibition-duringchogm-have-died/

12th June 2014
A Lion and a Hippo die at Dehiwala Zoo.
http://www.dailymirror.lk/48468/dehiwala-zoo-animal-deathsraise-concern

January 2014
An Albino Turtle dies at Dehiwala Zoo.
http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=25495

December 2015
A Lion dies at Hambantota Safari Park.
http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-111644-news-detail-zoonegligence-or-snake-bite.html

As published in The Nation, 22/11/2009:
“There was a four kilogramme ball of polythene inside the baby river hippo that died last Sunday,” said Dr. Jagath Jayasekara,
who performed the post-mortem.

Death List 2

The Case of the Missing Orangutan Babies?

We’re no detectives, but every time we try to clarify a story on Dehiwala, we stumble upon more unanswered questions. Then we came across this, and LT are wondering, where did all the babies go?

Orangutan Baby 1:

Sunday Observer 19/12/2010 article titled: “Sukeefo attracts large crowds to Dehiwala Zoo” states: The new orangutan baby was a pleasant surprise to all those who visited the Dehiwala Zoo last Thursday. Today ‘Sukeefo’ is one and a half months old and growing up steadily and people can see him with the mother daily from 8.30 a.m. till noon.”

Orangutan Baby 2:

Sunday Leader 16/03/2014 article titled “The Brutes at the Dehiwala Zoo” published the testimony of Zoologist Dilan Pieris, who was visiting the Zoo as a tourist:

“When I went to the area where two adult orang-utans were kept, a zookeeper walked up to me and asked whether I would like to see the baby animal…I tipped him and went to see the baby orang-utan. I was able to hold it for a while and took its photograph. Although I am thankful to this zookeeper for taking me to see this animal, as a zoologist, I have to ask authorities the reason to confine this baby animal. According to the zookeeper, it will be kept separately for few months because of … safety concerns (by) the Zoo authority.” said Peiris.

Orangutan Baby 3:

May 2015, A reliable source gives LT a photo of a newborn Orangutan, safe in the arms of its mother.

23rd March 2016, Dehiwala Zoo. Three babies later, the same male and female orang-utan sit quietly, alone in their cages.

Where did these rare, expensive Orangutan babies go?

Orangutan 1

Orangutan 2

Orangutan 3

Orangutan 4

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