With a history that traces back to over a century, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka continues to work to conserve nature in all its forms - the country's rich wildlife, plant life, and all natural habitats, including landscapes and seascapes. The third oldest nature protection society in the world, and the first in Sri Lanka, our milestones are intertwined with the country's conservation milestones; many of which were advocated for, led and supported by the society.
The influx of Britons, and the introduction of coffee and tea set off a chain of events that greatly impacted the wildlife of colonial Sri Lanka, Ceylon as it was then known. Acres of jungles were cleared to make way for coffee and then tea plantations, game hunting became a popular pastime among many British planters, and there was a rise in commercial hunting to meet the demand for not only raw meat but horns and hides. It was in this backdrop, on the 23rd of May in 1894 at the Bristol Hotel in Colombo, the Ceylon Game Protection Society, the forerunner to the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS), was formed.