Category: Wildlife

Fancy doing something a little different in Sri Lanka? Well here is a new activity: whale watching.

According to Marine Biologist Charles Anderson, who has been studying Indian Ocean whales during the past 24 years, Sri Lanka is one of the easiest places to watch blue and sperm whales. In a recent article for LBO, he says: “I think Sri Lanka has enormous potential to be a whale destination. A high concentration… Read More »

Yala, Back to its former glory

Yala National Park has been re-opened for 3 months now and I am happy to say its back to its former glory. In a resent visit to the park we were able to observe several Elephants, Jackals, troops of Gray Langers & Toque Macaques and to top it off a Leopard resting on a Palu… Read More »

Birding at Mihintale.

Declared a sanctuary for animals in the 3rd century BC by Arahath Mahinda, Mihintale is one of the hidden treasures of the Cultural Triangle. If you have an keen interest in ancient history or natural history, Mihintale is a great place to spend a few days. In a resent birdwatching trip to this ancient city,… Read More »

Uda Walawe, Open for visitors and teaming with wildlife

Friends and I visited Uda Walawe National Park over Easter weekend (20 March 2008) and I was delighted to see that the park is back to its former glory. It was closed for nearly two months due to security concerns but was reopened on 1 March.  We were able to see many herds of elephants… Read More »

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) is the first organization established outside of Sri Lanka with the sole purpose to conserve the dwindling biodiversity of Sri Lanka. After researching Human Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka, the SLWCS initiated its’ first project in 1997 with the community-based initiative, Saving Elephants by Helping People (SEHP). The… Read More »

Luxury Camping in the Knuckles.

The Red Dot sales persuaded the Directors to take two days off for some serious “research”. The attraction was a new luxury camping option in the Knuckes, a beautiful range of mountains to the north-east of Kandy. The campsites in the Knuckles are managed by Leopard Safaris, one of the premier wildlife operators in the… Read More »

Sinharaja Rainforest, A Naturalist’s paradise

Having left Colombo at 4am on a Sunday morning, three friends and I left for Sinharaja Rainforest. Anyone who has been there would know that one never gets sick of exploring this last remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka. Taking three others who were going there for the first time made the trip even more exciting.

New Butterfly species in Sri Lanka.

After a over 60 years since the last new species of Butterfly was recorded in Sri Lanka, Dr. Michael van der Poorten has recorded a new species of butterfly in Sri Lanka. The Orange Migrant (Catopsilia scylla) has never been recorded in Sri Lanka before and now brings the tally of Butterflies in Sri Lanka… Read More »

Fancy a walk? Visit Ironwood Forest near Dambulla.

If you are keen visiting somewhere off the beaten track and you like wildlife and walking, considering visiting the Namal Uyana (Ironwood Forest) in the Cultural Triangle. Visited by many locals everyday, Namal Uyana is seldom visited by foreigners. These 1005 hectares of Ironwood forest is famous for many reasons than just the large number… Read More »

Some aspects of the Wildlife of Sri Lanka.

The gray langur, with the midnight-black face (shown here) and the macaque, or the red monkey are seen widespread in Sri Lanka’s jungle areas and sometimes even in the small villages. The larger of the two species, the langur, lives in large groups among the trees and is usually not aggressive. Groups of these monkeys… Read More »