The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), lists Sri Lanka as one of their 25 biodiversity hotspots – and that’s simply because it has it all. Jungles, grasslands, forests, and beaches – diversity in terms of wildlife in Sri Lanka is spectacular. If you like some adventure don’t miss out on the big five in Sri Lanka, whose behaviour in the wild you will appreciate in awe.
Leopards – These majestic cats can be a rare sight in the wild. Yet if you get lucky, a lazy leopard on a tree branch might end up in your travel photo collection. Though you can find these elusive creatures in many national parks in Sri Lanka, Yala is known to have the highest population of leopards in the planet.
Sri Lankan sloth bear – These inhabitants make their home in many national parks and are unique in appearance as they have shorter body hair than the common sloth bear and a much less shaggy appearance. They are known as excellent climbers and to spot them behave in nature will be fascinating.
Water Buffalos – This large bovine also known as the Asiatic buffalo can be seen in Yala and Wilpattu liberally. However, the sheer size of some of them can be intimidating. They are also known for their brutal strength when provoked.
Asian Elephant – Elephants are iconic as far as the wildlife in Sri Lanka is concerned. Spotting giant elephants only a few meters away from you in the wild is an experience that will excite you and give you goose bumps at the same time…
Whales (blue whales and sperm whales) – The blue whale is the largest living animal on the earth and frequents in the eastern and southern waters of Sri Lanka. The sperm whale may not be as big as their blue counterparts but are an intriguing site indeed.
These big five in Sri Lanka are some sights that will definitely satisfy your wild and marine life cravings. But there are many more in between that will definitely add unforgettable moments to your adventure.