Five Amazing Facts: Five things you should know about Sri Lankan wildlife
1. Best for Big Game Safaris outside Africa
Sri Lanka is the Best for Big Game Safaris outside Africa. Its Big Five are the Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Blue and Sperm Whale. Few countries can rival its combination of Big Game safari animals, species densities and tourism infrastructure. It is undoubtedly the Ultimate Island Safari.
2. Best for Blue Whale and Top Ten for Sperm Whales
Sri Lanka is Best for Blue Whale, the largest animal that has ever lived on earth. Mirissa and Trincomalee offer the best Blue Whale viewing in the world.Kalpitiya is among the top ten sites in the world for the Sperm Whale, the biggest toothed whale.Mirissa offers the best chance in the world to see both Blue and Sperm Whales on the same whale watching.
3. The Gathering of Elephants
The largest seasonally recurring concentration of wild elephants takes place between July to September at Minneriya (and Kaudulla) National Park. Over 300 elephants may gather on the seasonally drying lake bed. Listed by Lonely Planet as among the Top Ten wildlife spectacles in the world.Uda Walawe National Park is the only site in the world where wild elephants are guaranteed on every game drive.
4. Best for Leopards
Yala National Park is the best place in the world for seeing and photographing leopards. Some areas in Block 1 have an average density of a leopard per square kilometer.
5. Sinharaja Bird Wave
The Sinharaja Bird Wave is the largest, longest studied and offers the longest viewing of bird waves.