We are delighted to announce the triumph of hosting three passionate students from Hong Kong, courtesy of the “University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation 2023/24 (USSP).” This immersive program unfolded over two dynamic weeks, during which the students not only actively engaged in our frontline field research but also gained priceless firsthand experience in the realm of wildlife conservation. The USSP program stands out for providing an exclusive opportunity to Hong Kong university students, empowering them to serve as field volunteers and contribute directly to conservation efforts. As these students seamlessly blended into our ongoing projects, their involvement not only enriched their understanding of conservation practices but also created a valuable cultural exchange. This successful hosting experience underscores the potential for international collaboration in fostering the next generation of conservation leaders and emphasizes the significance of initiatives like USSP in building a global community dedicated to safeguarding our planet’s biodiversity.
In a remarkable display of academic prowess, Ms. K.K.K. Perera and Ms. Nipuni Saumya recently stood out by receiving prestigious awards for their outstanding oral presentations at the Annual sessions of the International Conference of the Sri Lanka Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SLALAS). The conference, held on the 20th and 21st of January 2024, served as a platform for these exceptional individuals to showcase their undergraduate research findings, which were conducted under the expert guidance of Dr. Varuni Gunathilake
The Aquatic Students’ Association, in collaboration with the Department of Zoology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, recently hosted a captivating Two-Day Ornamental Fish Culture Workshop. Participants were treated to an immersive learning experience, guided by seasoned experts and researchers in the field of aquatic biology. Through interactive sessions and practical demonstrations, attendees gained valuable insights into the intricacies of maintaining and breeding various species of ornamental fish, fostering a deeper appreciation for the delicate balance required to sustain these aquatic ecosystems.
Zoology Progress Review Gathering was organized with the primary aim of reflecting on the department’s accomplishments, identifying areas for improvement, and aligning our goals for the future. It provided a valuable platform for team members to come together, exchange ideas, and celebrate our collective efforts.
The event also served as an occasion to recognize the hard work and dedication of our team members. Acknowledging individual and collective achievements played a pivotal role in boosting morale and motivating everyone to continue striving for excellence.
The atmosphere at the gathering was filled with energy and enthusiasm, fueled by the exchange of innovative ideas. These fresh perspectives not only sparked creativity but also provided a blueprint for future projects and initiatives. Together, we envisioned a brighter and more prosperous future for our department.