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It is I, Mahasona, fear me!

An ancient Sri Lankan legend reveals all

Actually, I am nothing like that legend. I’m just a peaceful Sri Lankan Sloth Bear. The fearsome demon Mahasona allegedly attacks people in graveyards, lonely junctions and in the hills. The famous legend - a story for another time - claims that he has a sloth bear head turned back-to-front. So when they see me, people think I am Mahasona. Why drag a peaceful creature like me into a violent legend? I certainly don’t like hanging out in the places Mahasona does. I prefer the jungle where my shaggy black fur blends in nicely with the vegetation and I can go about grubbing for nuts, berries and roots. Also, I never hunt. The only meat I eat is leftovers from a leopard kill. The leopards don’t mind, we get along very well.

Fun Facts

Ok, so here’s the thing. I love eating Palu fruit and I have no self-control. The fruit is a little intoxicating in large quantities, so I end up curling up in a hollow log or a cosy nook to sleep it off. Sometimes, I’ve been startled awake by villagers foraging for honey or fruit and… I may have gotten aggressive with them. But you can’t blame me. Nobody likes to be awakened suddenly! And just because the steel-hard claws on my flailing paws happen to injure them, doesn’t mean I am evil. So that’s why I did this interview - to set the record straight and clear my name!

Story of the Photo

Sloth bears love peaceful surroundings where they are not bothered by anyone. This picture of the bear rooting around for food, was taken close to the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu by Dilum, on one of his excursions.

 

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Prowling in tea country to save the leopard

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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