The party animal of Kalawewa

Tusker Neela
Kalawewa National Park

Fun Facts
Of the local male elephant population, only seven percent are tuskers – a trait that makes female elephants swoon! Even though Kalawewa boasts a high concentration of tuskers in Sri Lanka, Neela’s tall, dark and handsome features brings all the girls to the Park, preferring him over others! Possibly the most famous elephant in Kalawewa National Park, the young and playful tusker is in his prime, scaring off other males and stealing their girlfriends.

Lesser-known Facts
Neela roams away from home and enjoys the jungles of Kalawewa National Park from August to October every year, female elephants becoming his groupies. He journeys home to his sanctuary – the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve – and stays there throughout the rest of the year. Neela has been recorded travelling throughout Kalawewa since the year 2000 / 2001, living his best life!

Spot him inside the imposing ecosystem around Kalawewa and Balalu Wewa Tanks, which adorn the 6000-hectare Kalawewa National Park.



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"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.

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January 2021

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