Protecting Endemic Species in Sri Lankan Lowland Rainforests

Protecting Endemic Species in Sri Lankan Lowland Rainforests

Sanjiv Fernando
Grantee Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS)
Target Serendib scops owl; Indian pangolin; purple-faced leaf monkey; fishing cat
Area Protected

12.5 hectares

Location Sri Lanka
Grant Amount 30,000

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society is acquiring 31 acres of Sri Lankan lowland rainforest that provides critical habitat for endangered and endemic species, including pangolin, fishing cat, red slender loris, purple-faced lead monkey, and Serendib scops owl. Over 145 endemic species have been recorded on or adjacent to the property, including 37 endemic reptiles, 24 endemic bird species, and numerous species of endemic freshwater crabs. This grant was made under the Preventing Extinction Fund, a joint initiative of QRFN and Rainforest Trust.