Interview with Bullet Senadhi

Udawalawe National Park

Fun Facts

Q: Bullet is a very interesting name. Did you get it whilst sprinting in the Pachyderm Olympics?

A: (snort laughing) No no, although I can run fast, the name actually has a tragic origin. When I was a wee calf, I was on a ramble with my mum and we chanced upon a village. The people got startled and fired a gun in the air to scare us away, but unfortunately the bullet ricocheted off a lamp post and hit my leg. The humans felt terrible and immediately took me for treatment and it was there that I got the name; because of the bullet lodged in my leg. It basically stuck with me for the rest of my life. The name, I mean, not the bullet.

Did you know?

Q: You are a member of a very rare club. Would you care to elaborate on that?

A: I presume that you are talking about the Big Tusker Club? You are quite correct, Less than 5% of us males are blessed with the big ones. Mine are 5 feet long at the moment and I’m hoping they will get a bit longer. After all, I’m only 18 so I think I can hit maybe 7 or 8 feet in my lifetime.


Q: So what made you migrate from your hometown of Anuradhapura?

A: Initially I had no choice in the matter, the humans brought me to Udawalawe for treatment. But during my recovery, I fell in love with the place so I decided to stay on. Also, the humans have been very nice to me ever since I arrived, especially the ones near the Mahoora campsite, so I don’t want to leave this place.



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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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