90% of Zoo employees protesting over Ishini’s resignation

The Director-General of the Department of National Zoological Gardens Ishini Wickremesinghe has stepped down from her post in the backdrop of the Tame Elephant controversy.

The resignation comes in the backdrop of a controversial Gazette that allegedly paved the way for the return of several elephants currently held in State Protection, back to their previous owners.

Meanwhile, ‘The Morning’ reports that 90% of the staff at the Department of National Zoological Gardens are currently protesting at the Dehiwala Zoo against the resignation of Ms. Wickremesinghe.

State Minister of Wildlife Protection Wimalaweera Dissanayake had told the publication that Ms. Wickremesinghe’s resignation was solely based on personal reasons and nothing more.

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