Sri Lanka to Open Airport in Wildlife Paradise?

Not sure whether this is a boon or bust for wildlife, but there you have it:

“Sri Lanka is set to open later this month a Chinese-built international airport surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries with the aim of boosting tourism, an official said.

Authorities want to leverage the exotic flora and fauna in the $209-million airport’s neighbourhood to attract holidaymakers.

Travellers will be offered the “experience of being able to get up close and feed wild baby elephants,” the state-run airport chairman…said.” Source.

As of September, 2011, there were only about 7,300 wild elephants in Sri Lanka, according to Sir Lankan wildlife authorities. Source.


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