I returned to the Mahoora Yala campsite after a successful morning safari in the Yala National Park around 11.00a.m. on 02/01/2016.It was a very busy time for all the staff members as we had so many guests with us. Meanwhile, our former camp manager Mr. Nandakumara and staff member Sagara informed us about an unusual struggle and ravings in the near by park area. Continue reading “The reality behind the ravings”
Soon after I was appointed to work at Yala National Park I took two guests on a Safari. It was the 09th of December and around 8.00am I noticed a carcass near the road and stopped to get a closer look. I identified it as a dead Pangolin.
“Musth” is a periodic condition in bull elephants. Characteristic of this biological condition is aggressive behavior which is accompanied by the sudden rise of reproductive hormones. The testosterone levels in this stage of an elephant are sixty times greater than other periods of its life cycle. Continue reading “Cooling off the “Musth””
Odonata is one of the most conspicuous insect groups which allure attention with their beautiful colours and inconceivable flight skill. When observed closer, their life history is more enticing. Continue reading “One of the most artistic events in nature”
Land monitors (Sinhalese: Thalagoya) have an impressive habitation range, being found even in the highly urbanised areas of Sri Lanka – they are not an uncommon site in Colombo and its suburbs – despite that jungle being of the concrete variety. These adaptable lizards may grow up to 6 feet (180cm) long even in inhospitable environments such as drains and sewers below the asphalt roads of the big city. Although not a protected species in Sri Lanka, the hunting and killing of Land Monitors in the cities is minimum, as they are hardly an invasive species, and will generally stay away from humans. They are, however, known to prey on smaller mammals such as rats and mice, helping control the levels of vermin in populated areas. The downside of this is that they might hunt smaller pets – puppies, kittens, rabbits, chickens etc. Continue reading “Sri Lankan Leopard Safari”
“There is no place on earth like the jungles, the wilderness and the exhilaration one feels when venturing into the underbrush. Yala National Park, one of the natural habitats in Sri Lanka, is home to the greatest diversity of living things – many species of animals, reptiles, birds and uniquely beautiful insects.” Continue reading “THE MONGOOSE & THE TURTLE”
The Yala National Park is usually at its driest in May, but the early months of 2016 have been unusually dry. Much of the water had gone dry, with small pools of mud remaining, where you might encounter water buffalos. These dry conditions forced elephants, deer, wild boar and other mammals to travel towards the Manik River, which itself was reduced to just a small stream. Continue reading “Apex Predator in its Element”