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“Alright little ones, it’s time for life lessons 101”

A class for little Sri Lankan Grey Hornbills begins

“Now, who can tell me the difference between male and female Hornbills? Yes Tommy? You need to poo? Alright you’re excused. Anyone else? Well, young Hornbills like you, all look the same with cream-coloured bills. But as you grow older, boys will stay the same but the bill on all you girls will turn black and leave just a cream stripe. Isn’t that cool? Now, to get big and strong you must remember to eat your figs, berries and fruits. But don’t forget to add in some insects, rodents and little reptiles too. A varied diet is important to us because… anyone? We’re omnivores, thank you for that Nora.”

Fun Facts

“Isn’t it wonderful to be a bird that’s not on the endangered list? Well, that’s mostly due to how resilient and how careful we Hornbills are. This is why you don’t need to follow Rodney’s classes on survival techniques, just stick to the tried and true Hornbill way of life. When building a nest, girls you must remember to find a tree hole that’s comfortable to stay in with room for 4 eggs and yourself. Boys, you have to seal off that hole with a cement made of mud, fruit pulp and your own droppings… Tommy you should have no problem with that… oh and don’t forget to leave a small hole so that you can pass food to your lovely mate and your babies when they are born. Well that’s it for today, go have fun and we’ll continue tomorrow!”

Story of the Photo

The Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill can often be seen around the Mahoora Tented Safari Camps thanks to the undisturbed environment there. They are easily startled, just like this one was when Dilum captured this image in Udawalawe National Park, so do try to stay quiet as you take a closer look.

Our Photographer :

Dilum Madushanka (@safari_sailor) is a Marine engineer by profession and his motto is “Six months in the Sea and Six months in the Jungle”. He is a nature enthusiast, with an uncanny ability to capture the best moments in the wild. His passion is to raise awareness about the fascinating great outdoors, through his photography and videography.

WILDERNESS UPDATES

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Mother and cub on tea estate at base of ridgeStunning, sleek and spectacular, yet powerful and graceful, are these tawny and spotted creatures as they stride along the mountain ridges, masters of all they survey.

Let them live………protect their territory, will be the earnest and fervent plea to tea companies in the Central Highlands on behalf of Sri Lanka’s biggest predator – our very own Big Cat, the leopard.

Panthera pardus kotiya which is a sub-species unique to the country, not found anywhere else in the world, is tragically an endangered species.

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National Parks of Sri Lanka

National Park of SLSituated in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is renowned for its array of untouched habitats and its thriving biodiversity. It has become one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Asia owing to its exciting big game wildlife tours and its many national parks, some of which are recognised as World Heritage Sites.

Sri Lanka’s 26 national parks are filled with exotic animals and plant life, some of which are endemic to the island. The Sri Lankan leopard, elephant, and sloth bear are endemic to the country while, together with the Blue Whale and Sperm Whale, they make up the country’s Big Five mammals that attract hordes of tourists each year.

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The wildlife of Sri Lanka

Wildlife of SL

Sri Lanka is second to none in terms of its biodiversity and can be considered the best for big game safaris outside the African continent. As bold a statement as that may be, Sri Lanka’s wildlife credentials speak for itself.

Sri Lanka’s Big Five – leopard, elephant, sloth bear, blue whale, and sperm whale – are known as the country’s great wildlife attractions. These species are just some of the country’s plethora of wild species of fauna. It is also renowned as a birder’s paradise with an array of endemic, migratory, and resident avifauna found in its 70 Important Bird Areas strewn across its diverse landscape. Sri Lanka is also famous for its abundance of exotic flora.

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Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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