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The King of the Sri Lankan jungle - the Sri Lankan Leopard

Wilpattu National Park

Lesser known facts

The Sri Lankan Leopard, Panthera pardus kotiya, as its name suggests - is a species that is endemic to Sri Lanka. Due to the lack of tigers and lions on the island, the leopards are the country’s biggest predator - although they could be killed by crocodiles with only a single bite, or by the sharp claws of sloth bears or even a fatal snake bite. 

Where to find them

Leopards can be found around the island, with their distribution occurring in protected areas such as national parks, isolated forest patches in the hill country and wherever else in the island which proves to have a suitable natural habitat. Leopards can be found widely distributed in the continents of Africa and Asia but declining throughout most of their range.

Fun facts

Just like lions, leopards too prefer areas of high prey vulnerability than to areas of high prey density as they require thick vegetation such as woods or high grass - at least 20 centimeters in height - for sufficient concealment such as hiding and stalking whilst hunting. Although leopards are primarily nocturnal with some level of activity during dawn and dusk but they do hunt occasionally during the daytime hours. They stalk and ambush their prey and dispatch it with a single bite to its throat. The leopard then leaves the carcass for many hours, usually until night time before it returns for feeding, whilst mother leopards share their prey with their cubs for as long as they live together. 

 

 

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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