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“What was that?”

Thoughts of a young Sri Lankan leopard

“Eeek! There’s something slithering down there. Is it a snake or a monitor lizard? I wish I would get bigger soon, so that I don’t have to be afraid of anything. Is Mommy still asleep? She told me to stay up here while she naps. She said the spots on my body will keep me camouflaged and safe from any danger. Hope she wakes up soon. I’m hungry and that monitor lizard might be heading for the deer we left half-eaten. I don’t know why we can’t pull that deer up here and eat it. Mommy is strong enough to do that. But she says that we don’t need to, since there are no predators that can threaten us.”

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“I wonder when I will be able to bring down a Sambar. I’m quite good at catching rodents and hare. But it’s so hard to even catch little barking deer. I need to be more patient with my silent stalking. Mommy says that I have to learn to wait and that not every prey I get close to will be the one to pounce on. I don’t know what she means by that. But as soon as she wakes up I am going to practice my stalk and sprint technique till I am the deadliest leopard in Wilpattu!”

Story of the Photo

Dilum got this cute shot of a startled leopard cub during a morning safari run in Wilpattu. If you want to get a head start to your morning safaris, the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu is the perfect place to base your exploration of this National Park.

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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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