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Doe: a deer, a dancing deer of Horton Plains

Sri Lankan Sambar Deer
Horton Plains National Park

Fun Facts
When you see Sri Lankan sambar dancing around, they aren’t communicating a secret message via scent marking and foot stamping, but simply playing in the rain! Prancing around the hills – a fun dance number of antlers, hooves, and legs – these dancing queens and kings are the most frequent sightings of wildlife at Horton Plains National Park.

Lesser-known Facts
When sparring (a dance battle!) with rival males, sambar lock antlers and push, like other deer, but uniquely, they also sometimes stand on their hind legs and clash downward into each other. Females also fight on their hind legs and use their forelegs to hit each other on the head as a grand finale!

Whereabouts
Watch them in the wet lowlands, hill country and the mid-hills, throughout Yala, Udawalawe, Wilpattu, Horton Plains, Kumana, and Sri Pada Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.

 

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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