Lyn de Alwis, Sri Lanka’s Mr Zoo

This Sri Lankan man is able to bring pleasure to millions with his knack for running zoos. He also saves wild elephants.

"I've spent the best years of my life here," says Lyn de Alwis, now back at the Dehiwela Zoo outside Colombo to which he devoted 30 years of his working life, 23 of them as its Director.

Those were golden years for the zoo, located in a southern suburb, and regarded as one of the finest in the region both for its collection as well as its beautifully laid gardens. But more recently, Colombo´s zoological gardens have been in acute decline and the government has recalled the former director from retirement to serve it as a consultant.

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