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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.

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