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“Ok, ok you got me!”

“I’ll confess and tell you everything!”

“I know everyone thinks that Barking Deer are sweet, cute, and innocent. But we’re not! I have to tell you the truth. We hate you and every other animal around! That’s why you rarely see us. We especially hate Leopards and we ‘bark’ to let the whole world know when one is near. We hate each other too, which is why we are almost always solitary. The only time there’s more than one of us is if we’re mating or if the other is our baby or if the dominant male allows a submissive male to hang around. Oh my, you should see it when territories are encroached. The horns come into play, so sharp and pointy, and so much blood. So aggressive and violent! Looking at us you wouldn’t think so, right?”

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“Now, the worst secret of all. We’re… OMNIVOROUS! Not just that, we actively hunt small animals and beat them to death with our forelegs. Did you know that we have canine teeth to rip through their flesh, just like all the big predators? Mine are small, but the males have wicked ones! We do eat fruits, grass and seeds, but the warm flesh is so delicious. Still think we’re cute and dainty? We also steal eggs from nests. The shame! I’m tired of living the lie, and I had to confess the truth. Thank you for listening to me. I have to go, the solitary nature in me is kicking in. Goodbye!”

Story of the Photo

Although usually elusive, the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu has a resident barking deer that grazes around the pond area in the camp. Dilum captured this image in the early morning whilst he was exploring the campgrounds.




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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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