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Wilpattu National Prak

The hedonistic Gray slender loris and traditional hocus-pocus

Wilpattu National Prak

Fun Facts

Gray slender lorises are endemic to Sri Lanka and nocturnal primates who take the phrase ‘all night long’ to the next level! When a female consents to a sexual encounter (which sometimes involves laying upside down) it usually lasts for 3 – 11 minutes. However, females are infamously promiscuous and take on consecutive partners – which means when one male is done copulating, another will immediately follow, making mating sessions go as long as 12 hours! Thus, it’s of little surprise that the Gray slender loris loves to be social; during the day they sleep in social groups of up to 7 and form what researchers call a ‘sleeping ball’ or ‘sleeping pod’, where they connect limbs and tangle up in one big sleeping orgy!

Did you know?

The threat to these primates is sadly increasing, due to bizarre beliefs and rituals; in countries like Cambodia it is believed that eating loris flesh treats leprosy. Tonics made from lorises are believed to be medicinal – healing wounds, broken bones, and helping women regain strength after childbirth. In Sri Lanka, dismembered loris body parts are used in curses or to ward off the ‘evil eye’. Tarot readers use the loris to help them pick cards, and loris tears are believed to be an ingredient in love potions. These gentle creatures are also often caught for the pet trade, leading to their decline in the wild.

Whereabouts

Located in the North Central dry areas and the Central Province respectively. Gray slender lorises inhabit forest, plantations and jungles of dry shrub, and seem to prefer degraded forests instead of primary forest, often living in areas near human habitations. If you’re staying at Mahoora Wilpattu, enjoy an all-inclusive night walk to see the loris in real life! This is however a silver lining, as Mahoora’s campgrounds act as a sanctuary for lorises due to land clearance in the surrounding areas.

 

 

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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