Spotlight On: Hiyare Biodiversity Project

October 24, 2016

In a time where businesses are known to shed the spotlight on their social and environmental

responsibilities, the Hiyare Project has shied away from any major publicity. The management

teams from Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) & The Sustainable Future Group (SFG) were

invited to visit the Biodiversity project in Galle, to observe the outstanding work done by the

team at Hiyare.

 

Project Description

 

This project was initiated by the Wildlife Conservation Society in Galle (WCGS) who collaborate with the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) in order to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild animals trapped or injured due to human activity or habitat alteration by humans. Nations Trust Bank stepped in to provide financial assistance in 2009 and the project hasn't looked back since.

 

Success Stories

 

The team learned that over 900 animals were rescued between 2011 and 2015.  The number  of rescued animals in 2015 was 293, successfully releasing over 70%. Here are a  few snapshots of some of the amazing work done by the Hiyare team to assist in the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of various animals such as raptors, snakes, deer, birds and other small animals.

 

Project Milestones

 

With the backing of NTB, It truly is quite remarkable to note the many successes the project has achieved, which include but not are limited to;

 

  • Gathering data and conducting research on behavioural patterns of urban and rural purple faced leaf monkeys. The conservation efforts includes restoring natural habitats by creating corridors of forest areas.

 

  • Islandwide survey on Primates of Sri Lanka, which allow researchers to identify and catalogue  various  species  in  their  natural  environment,  which  will  prove  useful  for researchers, environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts. Furthermore, their researchers came across a new colour morph of the Southern Purple Faced Langur, which was later published in the Journal of Primate Conservation in 2013.

  • Islandwide survey on Freshwater Fish: here various species of fish (long thought to have gone extinct) were re-recorded (Macrognathus pentophthalmos & Rasboroides nigromaginatus) and a new species of fish was discovered in the process (Rasborodies Rohani). The research conducted in the study will help future researchers start with an updated list of Freshwater Fish who call Sri Lanka home.

 

  • Identification of a new species Aponogeton (Aponogeton kannangarae) and publication in an international journal, further showcasing the importance of the project.

 

Engaging Students

 

As an added benefit, The Hiyare project is frequently used to take school and university  students for educational workshops on protecting our biodiversity. Programs usually consist of lectures, workshops, hands-on experience in understanding amphibians, reptiles etc, fieldwork experience, captive breeding programs (for certain species of endemic frogs and freshwater fish). This ensures that the next generation is armed with the knowledge and understand the need to take urgent actions to preserve species who at risk of dying out.

 

More information:

If you wish to know more, please visit the link here 

 

Disclaimer

All Information has been Acquired by their client Nations Trust Bank, as well as The Wildlife Conservation Society in Galle (WCGS) and has been published on the Carbon Consulting Company blog with their permission.

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