Young Zoologists’ Association
The Young Zoologists’ Association of Sri Lanka, an organization of young individuals keen in establishing conservation through education, strictly adheres to the motto ‘Protect Nature’. They do this with their own commitment and compassion. The majority of the organization consists of students and undergraduates, the rest compromise of young professionals and nature lovers under the age group of 35.
Located at the National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala gives the correct atmosphere and a great chance to learn all about the animals more closely even though they might not be in their natural habitats. The members get a rare opportunity to learn and have some fun with the animals and their behavior at the same time.
Young Zoologists’ Association also known as YZA is entirely run by young volunteers, conducting educational programs with field visits, workshops and seminars on various spheres related to conservation.
Since the beginning of the last decade YZA has focused more on research activities. It has conducted a large number of Bio-Diversity surveys and conservation management studies of degrading ecosystems in the country. The surveys have been carried out both on voluntary basis as well as on requests made by Government and Non-governmental organizations.
The Junior YZA is a stepping stone for the youngsters to understand the value of nature. The members get the opportunity to study at an early age, because of their interest to conserve the natural habitats.