What to see
1 SRI LANKAN LEOPARD
Yala National Park’s leopard density is higher than anywhere else on Earth (2.5 every square mile). These ‘lords of the jungle’, as they are known, can be seen in scrub or lowlands, especially in the morning or at dusk. They mainly hunt deer and wild boar.
2 SRI LANKAN ELEPHANT
A sizeable population – about 300 to 350 – of Sri Lankan elephants (Asian elephant subspecies) resides in Yala, which is a very important site for their conservation. The mammals can be spotted roaming or bathing in lagoons and waterholes.
3 OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
There is wealth of wildlife at Yala for visitors to enjoy, including sloth bears, crocodiles, wild peacocks, bluetailed bee-eaters and monitor lizards. Look out for endemic bird species, including the Sri Lanka grey hornbill and blackcapped bulbul.