Sustainability Practices - Leopard nest

Our Concept

Animals have been building nests for millions of years, there are even fossil records of dinosaur nests! Over time nests have become very complex and from birds to turtles to termites and wasps there is beauty, diversity and much to be learned from these structures!

When we hear the word “nest” we tend to think of a standard woven cup structure built by a song bird of some sort, but there is an amazing amount of diversity in nests; materials, shape, strength, size that we don’t necessarily think about. There is quite a bit of evidence for evolution in bird nests. Some ground nesting birds don’t build nests at all, others make small depressions by rubbing their breast into the ground. Some birds make stick nests either on the ground or in trees and others weave together materials into some of the more complex animal-built structures. Birds are always competing for resources, and nest materials are no exception. To deal with competition for nest materials some birds use specific materials or habitats not utilized by other species for nesting. Using different materials can sometimes require some creative engineering, and we end up seeing some amazing structures as a result.

The Leopard Nest has been built as a replica of the different nests we can see in the forest. We have taken the conceptual design of the nests and built Leopard Nest to get the attention of ecotourists and take the massage of the importance of preserving nests and protecting the birdlife. Our concept does not end with the construction of this campsite. It continues with series of activities and projects to take this message to the world.

Our Practices

We have environmentally-friendly practices initiated by the company for the purposes of becoming a more sustainable organization. We aim to reduce our environmental footprint through initiatives that cut down on waste, poor environmental stewardship and unethical environmental practices that offer a reduced level of sustainability within company practices. We aim to generate suitable economic returns through effective coordination of social and environment sustainability programmes.

Sustainability Programmes

Cultivation Programme

We have cultivated 500 trees in the land as our first step and continue to educate people in the surrounding area about the importance of the national park and make them involve in protecting it. These five hundred trees were purchased from a local planting supplier in Tissamaharama and Yala to get the trees that are suitable for the climate conditions in the area. We will continue to train our staff and educate them for protecting and maintaining a perfect environment in the campsite for eco tourists and make them involve in cultivating more trees.

“Life of Nesting Birds” Programme

Leopard Nest Launched the “Life of Nesting Birds” Programme to educate the community about the importance of preserving the bird nests. This programme is run through digital and social media campaigns targeting the young generation both locally and internationally. We also conduct education programmes for the people who live close to the wild sanctuaries. We talk about protecting trees, shrubberies, grasslands and other ecosystems that provide healthy environment for nesting birds.

Community Development Programme

We have developed the Leopard Nest campsite as a Community based tourism project that gives different experiences to the tourists whilst giving more opportunities to the local community to provide authentic services such as village tours, paduru parties and farming experiences. We have selected all our suppliers from Tissamaharama area to give some of the benefits and incentives for their effort in protecting the environment.