Jetwing Eco Holidays
46/26 Navam Mawatha
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Jetwing Eco Holidays has published a number of publications aimed at school children, safari jeep drivers, field staff of state conservation agencies and enthusiasts. The Gehan's Photo Booklet Series is aimed to encourage and facilitate a wide audience, especially school children, to learn and identify the biodiversity they encounter. The species names are given in three languages (English, Sinhala and Tamil). The booklets can also be used in Southern India as Sri Lanka shares many of the species with Southern India. This series is an initiative by wildlife populariser Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, who together with Jetwing and the tourism industry is on a mission to create a million wildlife enthusiasts in Sri Lanka. Jetwing Eco Holidays firmly believes that education & awareness is the key to conservation, and hopes this booklet series will not only help the younger generation but also adults to appreciate the biodiversity around them. The booklets have been distributed to trackers, guides and school children free of charge under the Jetwing Eco Holidays conservation projects.
A brief description of the publications are given below.
Birds of Sri Lanka and Southern India by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne (2006). A booklet comprising of 42 A5 sized colour plates with captioned photographs. Covers 263 of Sri Lanka's 443-recorded species of birds in Sri Lanka.
Butterflies of Sri Lanka and Southern India by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne (2006). A booklet comprising of 26 A5 sized colour plates with captioned photographs. Covers 96 of Sri Lanka's 243 described species of butterflies and skippers (Lepidoptera).
Dragonflies of Sri Lanka and Southern India by Matjaz Bedjanic, Karen Conniff & Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne (2006). A booklet comprising of 21 A5 sized colour plates with captioned photographs. Covers 78 of Sri Lanka's 117 described species of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata).
Wildlife of the Dry Lowlands of Sri Lanka & Southern India by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne (2006). Published by Eco Holidays: Colombo.
A photographic guide to the commoner animals & plants of the dry lowlands. A 55mm x 100mm sized booklet comprising of 111 colour plates with captioned photographs in English, Sinhala, French and German. Covers the common mammals, replies, butterflies, birds, dragonflies and plants.
Jetwing Eco Holidays obtained a grant from USAID and TCP in July 2005 to fund 1,400 copies of the above publication. This publication will be given to all field staff of the Department of Wildlife and the Forest Department and it is hoped that their knowledge and skill level of interpretation would increase. This would enable them to provide a better experience to the visitor.
Under the tsunami skills development fund, Jetwing Eco Holidays has also provided jeep drivers and volunteer trackers in national parks and reserves all of the above publications free of charge.