Diary of Ravi, a chilled out Sambar Deer

Horton Plains National Park

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“I had the most awesome day today! Ate some grass… actually quite a lot of grass, then I chilled out in a big muddy pool, that was really good; I think I fell asleep for a while too. In the afternoon, I went and met all my girlfriends. I still haven’t made up my mind which of them I want to mate with. Maybe I’ll decide tomorrow.  Life is good as a male sambar. Those other animals with monogamous relationships don’t know what they are missing!”

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“It’s nice to know that we Sri Lankan Sambars are unique. Even though we have relatives around the world, our kind is found only on this picturesque island. I wonder if we could all have a reunion someday and see where evolution has taken each of us, because I’ve heard that we are bigger than most of our cousins. Maybe it’s the grass we eat?”


“Grandad told me that once upon a time, we used to roam everywhere, even in Colombo. But that’s not possible anymore. I mean, have you seen the traffic in Colombo? Terrible. The National Parks are a much better place to live in. I might head up to to the area near the Mahoora campsite up in the Knuckles Nature reserve. The weather is nice and those people always leave me in peace.”



Amazing experience - great company values

We had a wonderful stay at yala camp - great accommodation / food / safari. The staff were all outstanding - all full of passion for their role to make sure we had an unforgettable experience and absolutely committed to providing an ethical product. This company provides a perfect safari experience - no plastics / sustainable / local produce / knowledgeable committed staff. An honour to be a guest and support them."

J K wrote, Traveled as a couple
December 2019

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