Indian Pitta

Indian Pitta

Wilpattu National Park is one of the best birding locations in Sri Lanka. The fact is that you can easily find a vast amount of endemic and migrate birds. Since the Mahoora Tented Safari camps are located on the border of the park you get the chance to spot a lot of birds around the campsite. Even at night, one could discover some nocturnal animals and sleeping birds.

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The National Bird of Sri Lanka

The National Bird of Sri Lanka

South East Asia has four different species of jungle fowls and one of them belongs to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl is endemic to Sri Lanka which means you can only see them here. Like most birds, the male Jungle Fowl is more beautiful than its female. The Jungle Fowl is referred to as the “Wali Kukkula” in Sinhalese which is a suitable name for the bird as the male fowls are territorial when they spot another male fowl in their area. Continue reading “The National Bird of Sri Lanka”

Natta: Superstar Leopard!

Natta: Superstar Leopard!

At Yala National Park you find a very famous leopard that has been given the name “HAAMU”. In Wilpattu National Park we have our very own famous leopard that’s known by “NATTA”. This beautiful male leopard was bestowed this name upon due to the way he catches Land Monitors specifically by their tail. According to Mahoora Naturalist Saranga, he spotted this leopard in 2010, at the time he was at the Pannika Vila which is known to be his birthplace.

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Rare Bird species spotted recently

Rare Bird species spotted recently

The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird and a rare migrant to the lowland, marsh lands, paddy fields, tanks and lagoons of Sri Lanka. It’s preferred choice of cuisine includes worms, aquatic insects, frogs and such other small animals. The breeding season being from March to July and it builds a rather small nest with sticks on trees near water usually as colanies.

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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”