The first Sri Lankan publication with detailed descriptions on the largest group of mammals found in Sri Lanka with an insight into the role they play in creating forests and balancing the harmony of the ecosystem.
Aspidura desilvai, discovered in Sri Lanka's Knuckes region, is a two- metre long snake with a scale colouration that resembles the latosolic soil found in its habitat. This is the most recent discovery in the genus after A. ravanai, both of which were discovered by herpetologist L.J. Mendis under Dilmah Conservation's Novel Species programme.
Three new species and ten new records of Trypetheliaceae (Ascomycota) from Sri Lanka
The scientific publication detailing the landmark discovery of 3 new species, including Polymeridium fernandoi named in honour of the Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando, and 10 new records of a little understood tropical family of lichens in Sri Lanka.
Novel Species of Endemic Snake Discovered in Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
Dilmah Conservation introduces a 63rd new species to science with the discovery of Aspidura ravanai in the Peak Wilderness in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka through its biodiversity initiative ‘Novel Species Paving the Way for Biodiversity Conservation’.
National Geographic Explorer and Documentary Photographer, Matthew Cicanese shares his experience of photographing the fragile and unexplored world of lichens on his recent project in Sri Lanka with Dr Gothamie Weerakoon and Dilmah Conservation in this article that appeared on PDN.
The Queensberry Estate owned by Dilmah is a pristine location complemented by its strategic positioning. Home to a rare lichen species susceptible to environmental changes, Heterodermia queesberryi and Sri Lanka’s first ever climate change research station, this estate is of focal importance when monitoring the island’s climatic patterns.
Dilmah Conservation’s initiative towards linking isolated patches of jungle within the Sinharaja Rainforests, oversaw the creation of forest corridors through its Endana Estate. Dilmah Conservation is working toward integrating these forest fragments that had resulted from agricultural expansion and human settlement, in an effort to strengthen the weakening gene pool of existing species.
A Haven for Endangered Species within the Estates- Hunuwela
Dilmah Conservation’s Hunuwela Tea Estate is home to two species of globally and nationally threatened dragonfly species- Rivulet Tiger (Gomiphidia pearsoni) and Wijaya’s Scissortail (Microgomphus wijaya).