Sri Lanka Wild Life

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Sri Lanka, the emerald island located on the Indian Ocean is a wildlife sanctuary like no other. Small in size, the island packs in a variety of habitats & landscapes within its boundaries, resulting in a natural wildlife that is as varied as it is abundant.  Sri Lanka is known to have one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world, from plants to animals and is one of the top five biodiversity hotspots of the world. As a result, an impressive array of national parks, protected zones and safari options exist within the islands, which allow anyone, from dedicated naturalist to interested lay person to enjoy the wildlife of the land. Although Sri Lanka is famous for its large herds of elephants & elusive mammals such as leopards & Loris, the birds of Sri Lanka are perhaps its most valued wildlife species. The island is home to nearly 433 bird species of which 233 are resident while 20 are endemic. Furthermore the island has one of the richest diversity of amphibians in the world, and has long claimed to have the highest amphibian species density in the world with a high concentration in the Sinharaja rainforest. Straying towards the coast & the ocean surrounding the Island, one is amazed to see a continuation of the immense inland diversity flow in to the waters surrounding the island. The islands’ seas are home to 26 species of cetaceans including blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins while the reefs are teeming with colourful fish & corals as well. From the sea, to the land & even the sky Sri Lanka is truly a paradise for nature lovers & wildlife enthusiasts, providing a varied range of wildlife experiences that are just hours apart. The island is so diverse & beautiful in its natural splendour that it is sure to mesmerise even those who have no interest in the wonders of nature!

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