Sri Lanka may restrict visitors to each of its national parks after a recent spate of vehicular accidents injured and killed wild animals, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday.
In a statement released on his official Facebook page, Wickremesinghe said that the new government was also looking at methods of implementing strict speed limits in order to create an environment that is safe and secure for the wildlife.
The carcass of a young female leopard was found last week inside the Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most popular national parks, in what authorities believe was a hit and run case.
In recent months, authorities have received reports of several animals being killed by careless drivers transporting visitors on safari.
“It has recently been brought to light that there has been a spate of vehicular accidents causing disruption and injury to the wildlife at Yala National Park. As an animal lover myself, this matter is very close to my heart,” Wickremesinghe said.