Elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, mouse-deer and barking-deer, wild boar, porcupine, ant-eater, civet cat, loris, giant squirrel, and monkeys galore. And that’s just on dry land. There’s lots more to see in the sea.
Sri Lanka possesses a high degree of biodiversity and the island has been identified by Conservation International as one of 34 world biodiversity hot spots. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A safari in one of the 14 national parks offers the chance to see some of Sri Lanka’s 91 mammals (16 endemic), including those listed above, as well as monkeys such as the macaque, purple-faced leaf monkey, and grey langur.
The island is an ornithologist’s paradise, with over 233 resident species, (33 endemic) and migratory species stretching the number to an astounding 482. There are 171 reptiles (101 endemic including two crocodile species). Thankfully, only five of the 83 snake species are lethal. In recent years there has been a surge in the discovery of amphibians, so that by the time you read this, the figure of 106 (90 endemic), will no doubt have risen.
We can arrange, as part of your dream holiday, for a fully escorted safari based on your accommodation needs and the wildlife experiences you would like. If you want to see more of the Parks on the island, take a look at the national parks of Sri Lanka.