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wildlife of sri lanka

Yala National Park | Wasgamuwa National Park | Nuwara Eliya Victoria Park | The Haggala Natural Reserve
Udawalawe National Park |
Bundala National Park | Minneriya National Park

Yala National Park

It is one of the island's best known and biggest wildlife reserves, encompassing an area of 1300 square km( 500 square miles ).It is divided into Yala West (Ruhunu National Park) and Yala East. Ruhunu National Park has a diversity of jungle habitats ranging from scrub jungle, tanks, brackish lagoons and riverside habitats. It is considered the best park for viewing animals and birds. Animals include the elephant, leopard, sloth bear, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, sambhur, grey langur, toque monkey, stripe necked mongoose, ruddy mongoose, wild pig, jackal, water monitor, marsh crocodile and estuarine crocodile 

130 species of birds have been recorded. Bird life includes Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Brown capped Babbler, Stone Curlew, Greater Thick-knee, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Sirkeer Malkoha , Blue-faced Malkoha, Green Bee-eater, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Green Bee-eater, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Malabar pied Hornbill Brahminya Myna and Rose-coloured Starling. 
Yala East contains the Kumana Mangrove Swamp with a large variety of water birds




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