A Brief Note On The Remarkable Wildlife In Sri Lanka
Being a Nature lover is not just any trend. It is a realization, an acceptance of the origins of human kind. When we feel love for Mother Nature, we are actually acknowledging the love and care she has been showering on us since the beginning of time. In the world of urban civilization, people seem to have forgotten where did they belong. They seem to have taken Mother Nature for granted. But, there are some who know their origins by heart. These people are termed as Nature Lovers, but, they are actually Nature worshipers who believe that it is the largest force on Earth that is nourishing every species.
Coming to the main topic, The Sri Lankan wildlife is extensive, conserving an impressive number of rare and endemic species in the world. Yes! Not the continent, but, the world! It has 16% of the world’s endemic animals and 23% of flowering plants. This is quite a number if considered the total area of the island that is 25,332 sq. miles. Thus, the country is a heaven for Nature and wildlife lovers from all over the world. If you are one of them, this post is going you give you a brief idea about what species you are going to find here. Keep it in mind that Sri Lanka preserves over 120 species of mammals, 106 species of amphibians, 171 species of reptiles, 227 species of birds and numerous Blue Whales and Sperm Whales in the sea. Want to know the details? Well, just read on.
Sri Lankan Leopard
Although this one is smaller than the Indian Leopard it is no less ferocious than its peers. About four feet long and weighing an average of 94 pounds, this one lives in the wilderness of the Sri Lankan forests, preying on deer and other small animals. The Sri Lankan leopard, no matter how majestic they are, have already been declared as endemic by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Wildlife Tourism in Sri Lanka can arrange for jungle safaris if you want to catch a glimpse of these carnivores. Just make sure you keep your battery charged and ready to capture a good shot. They can be really fast, you know.
This bear looks a little different from the regular one in its physique, coat, and claws. They are a bit lankier with a shaggier coat than that of the regular species. They also have white claws and specially adapted mouths for food consumption. The Sloth Bear is marked as a vulnerable species by the IUCN, therefore taken good care of by the authorities.
Dugong Or The Sea Camel
This unique aquatic species is known by many names like Sea Camel, Sea Cow or Sea Elephant. It has striking similarities with each. Its fluke tail of a whale makes it a good swimmer. However, the look of it may frighten some if they are not acquainted with the same. These are considered as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN.
The monkeys have always been interesting and this particular species lives up to the standards of everyone’s expectations. Although they are enlisted in the endangered list by IUCN due to rapid loss of habitat, they leave no stone unturned to confuse you with their barks and whoops. Sometimes, the noises are even mistaken as those of a leopard. Naughty as hell, they can make strange noises that are quite unrecognizable and easily confused with other animals.
Sri Lankan Elephant
The Yala National Park, Udawalawe, Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks have an abundance of Asian elephants, big and majestic as they always are. Though considered endangered, Sri Lanka is said to have Asia’s largest population of wild elephants. Seems like they are not ready to leave the Earth any soon. And why should they? They are beautiful!
You can always take Nature tours in Sri Lanka with the help of a reputable tour agency. Even if it is not possible to watch every single species out there, it will be an adventure in itself. However, a few tour agencies provide experienced guides and knowledgeable drivers who know where to find which animal so that your trip does not go to waste. Buckle up and set off for an adventurous wildlife tour in Sri Lanka – the pearl of the Indian Ocean.