Only Sri Lankan representative of wild canids

Only Sri Lankan representative of wild canids

The two primary tribes of mammal carnivores in the world are cats and dogs. Both species are well adapted for meat eating life in the wild. Tourists on Big Game Safari’s in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka are usually very keen to catch a glimpse of Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) which is the largest member of the local cat family, also known as felids. However, the only representative of the Canidae family, apart from domestic dogs in Sri Lanka, is the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus). Continue reading “Only Sri Lankan representative of wild canids”

A Luxury Ride with Mom

A Luxury Ride with Mom

April is always beautiful and cheerful, because it’s like spring in Europe. Many trees out in the jungle are laden down with fragrant and beautiful flowers. We were playing host to new clients from the United State of America. This was their first experience of camping and going on safari, which they had decided to do on their honeymoon. Mahoora Camp Manager Mr. Ossi de Silva gave them a very warm welcome and then they were escorted to the Mahoora Elite tent. Continue reading “A Luxury Ride with Mom”

The reality behind the ravings

The reality behind the ravings

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”

Sri Lankan Leopard Safari

Sri Lankan Leopard Safari

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”