Being home to an impressive and diverse array of fauna, Sri Lanka also provides several wildlife reserves that are designed to present visitors with an all encompassing experience. These nature reserves permits visitors to observe wild animals in their natural habitat which provides for a rewarding excursion.
Located in different parts of the country, each of these areas features a different climate and environment which also results in different animals being present in the area.
The country is actually home to 24 different parks across the country, which ensures plenty of opportunities to witness the wildlife of the nation. Animals in these reserves and sanctuaries include elephants, leopards, sloth bears, deer as well as reptiles such as vipers, crocodiles and various others. Visitors will also see an impressive array of bird life as well.
Some of the animals are endemic to the country whilst others are resident species. This is mainly due to the influence of other nations in the countries history which has resulted in the bringing over of animals from different nations which has further contributed to the diverse nature of the country’s wildlife.
The reserves all exist to protect and preserve the animals that are located in the country. One of the main animals which have to be preserved is the elephant which is one of the countries most prominent animals. The largest and most famous parks in the country are Gal-oya, Wilpattu, Ruhuna-Yala, Minneriya-Girithale, Uda Walawe, Wasgomuwa and Horton Plains.
There are distinctions that have to be made amongst Wildlife reserves and sanctuaries. Guests should note that sanctuaries allow human interactions with the animals whilst in nature reserves the human interaction that is allowed is limited due to the preservative nature of the location.
For the nature lover a visit to Sri Lanka provides the chance to discover a rich variety of animal species that is sure to provide for an exotic and memorable trip.