Somebody or something is watching us!

A herd of Sri Lankan axis deer have a discussion

Bob: Bob, there’s a man pointing something at us!
Bob: Don’t worry Bob, it’s one of those peaceful photographer chappies. Not a pernicious poacher trying to hunt us or a lousy logger who destroys our precious tree cover.
Bob: Bob, I’ve been wondering… why are we all called Bob?
Bob: Well Bob, it’s to confuse the pesky predators. Just like how we all stick together and then scatter when a lowlife Leopard, snivelling Sloth Bear or jeering Jackal attacks us. We look alike, sound alike and are named alike! Confusion!!!
Bob: But Bob, here’s the thing. I’m a female. Also, we hang out in groups of 10 to 60 sometimes. I think we need unique names.
Bob: Shush Bob! Don’t mess with evolution. Next thing you know, you will want to exchange your spots for stripes, and eat messy meat instead of glorious grass, lovely leaves and fabulous fruit.
Bob: Eww no Bob, never! By the way, I noticed you love adjectives… a little too much if you ask me.
Bob: No one asked you Bob. Besides, if the lovely langurs, perfect peacock, whimsically wild buffalo, and sombre sambar deer we graze with don’t have a problem, why should you?
Bob: Hmmm alright, alright. Bob… did one of the other Bob’s learn to snorkel?
Bob: No Bob. Why?
Bob: Then what’s that thing in the water coming towards us really fast?
Bob: It’s a conniving Crocodile! Scatter, scatter!


Story of the Photo

Even though Sri Lankan axis deer prefer grazing during early morning and evening, they can be found at waterholes almost anytime. They can also be seen near the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Yala, as the camp is situated by the border of the Park. This picture was taken by Dilum in the Park at a watering hole - during a safari.




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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