WHO IS G10?

G10 are a group of nature lovers and conservationists. This group was formed during the peak of the civil war in Sri Lanka and even under the heavy fire of the war, these brave gentleman ventured into Kumana National Park in view of conservation and protection. Although the war nave played a major role in the park, all parties of the war were aware of this group doing what was right by mother nature hence were never interfered with.

Over the years some of these gentleman have led by example and as such new members have joined. Most of them remain as active enthusiastic members. G10 collects money from the members and any other volunteers and personally visit the park and the members themselves either do the work or hire professionals and physically be there to oversee projects which require machinery such as the water hole projects.

G10 are a silent worker for nature and this write up is the only one of its existence and we believe we owe each and every one of these members due credit for their love of nature. Xtreme Nature Tours not only endorse G10 projects but are an active participant towards the conservation of Kumana National Park.

All members of G10 are silent members who step out of their way to assist in the conservation of Kumana National Park.

 

(OVERSEEN BY THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT)

Human activity around the Kumana National Park has driven the wildlife further deep into the jungle and away from water sources such as the Kumbuk River. This project was started by using machinery to create water holes for the survival, revival and rehabilitation of wildlife back into their natural environment.

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(REQUESTED AND OVERSEEN BY THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT)

This project was by request from the Wildlife department. There was a need for a road to be cleared in order to monitor treasure hunters and poachers that would stray into the park. The equipment and manpower was supplied by G10 and the project was completed with 3 days. Hard labor was required and a sense of danger was also involved as the dangers of building such a road may have jolted the treasure hunters and poachers illegal projects.

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(OVERSEEN BY THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT)

A story was raised by the local villagers and the park rangers that there was an ancient civilization existed with man made dams and raised platforms with structures. G10 went on an 8 hr trek in order to locate its position using dead reckoning, GPS coordination and shear hard work through the dense jungle. A location was certainly found however more study is required to confirm its prehistoric existence. There were many prehistoric stone carvings and structures however conservation of these areas are future projects for G10.

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(REQUESTED AND OVERSEEN BY THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT)

Campsites are a dedicated location given by the Wildlife Department as location with minimal disturbances to the wilderness. And to be away from any major wildlife corridors. These campsites allow human activity in secluded areas where we humans are given a rare opportunity to live and learn with the wild and most importantly in safety. Therefore the seclusion of these campsites were required and access to these campsites had to be restricted where people driving by would not misuse it. This project allowed these campsites to operate the capacity of which they were intended.

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(OVERSEEN BY THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT)

As an extension to the project in 2004, G10 embarked on the largest project to restore and recreate many water holes which was destroyed by time. All 10 waterholes on Kiripokuna Road and Okanda Kumana Road were planned to be restored however due to the extensive work and limited funds available only half the project was completed. Aluth Walle, Palugus Walle, Siyambalagus Walle, Bagura Walle and Itikala Welle were restored. Project is due to continue prior to the monsoon season within the next 2 years.

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