Aubrey Neil Weinman , zoo director in Sri Lanka
Born 1897 in Sri Lanka
dead 1967-10-08 in Australia
Major Aubrey Neil Weinman, OBE CMZS (1897–10 August 1967) was a Ceylonese soldier, civil servant and naturalist. He was the first Director of the Colombo Zoological Gardens (1947-1962).
Weinman was born in Colombo, the son of William Algernon Weinman (1869-1922), a stationmaster, and Caroline Maud née Reimers (1872-1961). He attended school at the Royal College, Colombo, where he was a sergeant in the Cadet Corps.
He joined the government service and was appointed the second Superintendent of the Colombo Zoological Gardens after it was established in 1939, following the liquidation of Zoological Garden Company in 1936. During his service, new programs included introducing more native and foreign Species,
education and Conservation
programs, and improving the facilities and infrastructure.
With the outbreak of World War II in the far east, Weinman was mobilised for service as a Major with the British Army under the Malaya Command. He became a POW after the fall of Singapore. He spent four years in a prisoner of war camp and was liberated at war's end.
On his return he became the inaugural Director of the Colombo Zoological Gardens and remained there until his retirement in 1962.