The Prince of Persibendiwewa

The Sri Lankan Leopard
Panthera pardus kotiya

The first villu (water body) that you encounter when entering the Wipattu National Park has royalty of its own. A majestic Sri Lankan leopard cub who is merely one and a half years old sits proudly on the sandy track leading into the park around five in the evening. Still a young predator, the Prince of Persibeniwewa will soon claim his territory as King. Even though he appears brave and poised in this capture he has to defeat the mature leopard that currently reigns in the territory to become the true King. The cycle of leopards claiming territory, having cubs of their own and witnessing their cubs grow up to become mature predators themselves is quite commonly seen in these eco systems.

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THE SRI LANKAN FISHING CAT

THE SRI LANKAN FISHING CAT

It is common knowledge that cats don’t like water and prefer to stay away from it all costs. Larger animals of the species such as the Tiger and the Jaguar defeat this notion by adapting to the surrounding wetlands of their habitat. In Sri Lanka however we are home to the Sri Lankan Fishing Cat a very unique creature that has adopted to not only live in wetlands, but thrive in it.  Read more

Giants of Asia

The subspecies of Asian elephants are classified under 3 main categories; the endemic species to Sri Lanka is called Elephas maximus maximus, the subspecies of elephants across the Indian sub-peninsula and indo-china territory is called Elephas maximus indicus, and the third group across a specific area of Sumatra Island is called Elephas maximus sumatranus. There is no remarkable difference between the subspecies of the Asian elephant and African elephant.

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On foot you feel, hear, smell it …

Ahaspokuna a destination for those who are looking for something different. It is Sri Lanka’s first ever private wildlife reserve and walking safari camp.

On the 23rd of March during a trek from Ahaspokuna to Gan Ella Waterfalls, where one would usually come across the experience of viewing various kinds of birds and butterflies. Our very own naturalist Manjula got a peculiar scent of something foul close to the waterfall. Read more