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On safari in Yala National Park

sunny 33 °C

If you look at the map of my trip, you may think it was a long way to go out of the way for a 2hr (plus travel time from the hotel) game-spotting drive in the south-east of Sri Lanka. But this is Yala NP, and therefore not your run-of-the-mill safari. Yala is renowned for leopard sightings! The other special thing about Yala, well worth supporting, is that it is still in recovery from the tsunami.

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The park boundary goes right down to the sea, and the seawater came in at a number of places.

Soon after entering the park we spotted this croc cooling off by the side of a lagoon, followed by a number of excellent bird sightings. As I'm not very knowledgeable about birds, here's one that I was able to confidently identify.

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We also saw a few herds of deer, including some Bambis!

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But the highlight would have to have been another very special elephant encounter - I've been truly spoiled on this trip with elephants and elephant babies.

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At one point things got a little edgy when an adult elephant decided there were too many vehicles around, and started stamping its foot to protect the little one.

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We moved on to give them some peace.

Alas no (big) cats for me on this drive, but I did see a little dog - a jackal going about its business.

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Posted by Andrea R 17:41 Archived in Sri Lanka Tagged wildlife nature national_park

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