Lyn de Alwis

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Lyn de Alwis
Lyn  de Alwis

Personal details
Country Sri Lanka

Organisations

Title chairman 1985-1997
Organisation at IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)

Work locations
Title consultant 1996
Location at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Sri Lanka

Title consultant 1986-1986
Location at Singapore Night Safari in Singapore

Title director 1978-1985
Location at Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka

Title consultant 1970-1973
Location at Singapore Zoo in Singapore

Title director 1962-1985
Location at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Sri Lanka

Title zoologist 1955-1962
Location at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Sri Lanka

Relevant literature
Biography details

Lyn de Alwis , zoo director in Sri Lanka

Born 1930-10-27 in Sri Lanka dead 2006-11-22 in Sri Lanka .

For five years between 1965-70, Mr de Alwis concurrently held the position of both Zoo Director and Director of Wildlife Conservation from 1965-1970 and 1977-1983. During those years, he established several sanctuaries and national parks, including the Uda Walawe National Park.

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During Lyn’s tenure as the Director of the Department of Wildlife, the first intensive
behavioural and ecological studies of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) were conducted in Sri Lanka. In 1966, the Department of Wildlife and the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society made a request to the Smithsonian Institution in the USA to initiate a detailed study of the Sri Lankan elephant. The Smithsonian put together a team that included Drs. Fred Kurt, Melvyn C. Lockhart, George M. McKay, and Robert Olivier with Dr. John F. Eisenberg as the team leader. They conducted their studies from 1967–1978.
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Lyn de Alwis
Lyn de Alwis with elephant Indi, Dehivela Gardens, 1984.

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As the 2nd Chairman (1985–1997) of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialists Group (AsESG),
Lyn reached out to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma at the time) and China, which
were all countries that were closed to foreigners.
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1996: Colombo´s zoological gardens have been in acute decline and the government has recalled the former director from retirement to serve it as a consultant.


Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). director Lyn de Alwis in Singapore. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 July 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=648. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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