The Department of Wildlife Conservation has decided to close down Yala National Park for tourists from September 7 to October 6, and will be reopened from October 7. The decision has been taken primarily to let animals therein to roam freely without intrusion of sightseers.

As such, various roads and bungalows in the Park reserved for tourists will be renovated within this period, officials from the Department elaborated.

Also, throughout this period of closure, wildlife officials will enforce special patrols and surveillance activities to ensure the welfare of the resident animals, additional security of the Park, and ensure a smooth supply of water throughout.