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Do we have a problem?

A Sri Lankan Leopard asks a question

“Watch your step friend, I don’t take kindly to anyone stepping into my territory. Kumana National Park is mine. All of it. Any leopard or person that walks there, does so with my permission and if they don’t understand that, they learn the hard way. You’re a photographer aren’t you? You can stay. I don’t mess with anyone unless they mess with me. Some fights are easy and some are not, as you can see by my scars and torn ear. But in the end they all bow to me, Sudda - the king of Kumana! You know, most people identify leopards by counting the rosettes and spots, but one look at my size and battle scars, and everybody knows.

Fun Facts

“You’ve heard about my harem and want a picture of me with them? We’re not lions you know, we don’t go around as a pride. My 7 girls are spread out across the park. So if you’re lucky, you’ll get a picture of me with one of them when I do my rounds checking on my territory. Who knows, maybe it will be when I go to the North-East border of the park where the farmlands meet the forest. Some leopards go there for easy prey, I go there to remind people of what a real alpha-male leopard is like. That way, everyone stays in their lane.”

Story of the Photo

Whilst staying at Explorer by Eco Team in Kumana National Park, Dilum was on a morning safari when he encountered the fearsome Sudda lounging on a rock, quite close to a Forestry Department bungalow.



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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