Leopard Safaris & Half the Sky

At Leopard Safaris we regularly make an effort to give back as much as we can to the community. One of our CSR projects this year has been contributing to the international organisation Half the Sk…

Feeling Boarish?

About Wild Boars, Sus scrofa Probably one of the most overlooked animals, the wild boar (Sus scrofa) is commonly found throughout Sri Lanka. Be it in dry lowlands or highlands, wild boars can be f…

Bee-eaters – colorful and social fellows

On our last trip to Wilpattu we saw some Little Green Bee-eaters dust-bathing right in front of us. It seemed as if nothing and nobody could disturb them and I could have watched them for hours tur…

The Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris kimbula)

Yala has not only the highest density of leopards in the world; it also has the highest density of mugger crocodiles worldwide. About 500 are counted in Yala – a reason for us to tell you a little…

Brown vine snake

The Brown vine snake Ahaetulla pulverulenta, is uncommon and endemic to South Asia and found in the Indian Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. They are classified a…

Who’s looking at who

The Slender Loris (Loris tardigradus) is a Sri Lankan endemic and an important flagship species for the Knuckles Range. According to IUCN Red List estimates, this species has been reduced to fewer…

The Asian Elephant and their tusks

What is the difference between an African and an Asian elephant? With this post we will try to answer this question by giving some information about the largest terrestrial mammal in Asia. The As…

Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

If you are ever so lucky to spot a black-necked stork in Yala, appreciate it! There is only one known pair of them in Yala, residing in Block…

Mating pairs

There is a feeling of love in the air: In the last month we were happy to see quite a few mating leopard pairs in Yala. Usually being solitary animals, during the mating season male and female meet…

Haly’s Tree Skink

Recently a rare discovery took place in Yala National Park. Being attentive, Sajith, our Camp Manager was able to identify the „Haly’s Tree Skink“ (Dasia haliana), an endemic Sri Lankan lizard of t…

Introducing the Comb Duck!

The Comb Duck, previously thought to be extinct within Sri Lanka, was spotted this week by one of the Leopard Safaris staff! This exciting and rare sighting shows that this unique-looking duck is s…

Introducing the sloth bear!

Many visitors to this island barely (intended pun!) know of its existence.  This is perhaps because the sloth bear is notoriously difficult to spot, being mostly nocturnal and highly endangered. Wi…