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Wild Life in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka which is a well-known country for its bio diversity has attracted the attention of lots of tourists and it has resulted the development of the tourist industry in Sri Lanka.
The main reason why it is said that Sri Lanka is a country with rich biodiversity is the presence of many endemic as well and indigenous species in areas specified for them.
Surrounded by ocean, a country with tropical climate is absolutely no surprise that Sri Lanka is rich in marine and terrestrial life. Emergence of many sanctuaries and natural parks which provide the tourists on hand experience with wild life and also the opportunity to see many endemic species have been achieved. For example Sri Lanka has more than 20 national parks such as Wasgamuwa national park, Wilpattuwa National park, Udawalawe national park, Horton plains national park and Minneriya national park as well as many Rainforests. Among these parks, 123 mammal species have been recognized in Sri Lanka.

National Parks and Safari

Elephant watching has captured the attention of many tourists. Elephants can be seen in their natural habitat with herds in national parks. They also can be seen in exclusive elephant sanctuaries like Pinnawala elephant orphanage. And Srilankan leopards can be seen on safari even though they are rare to be seen and water buffaloes and endemic monkeys as well as a number of indigenous birds’ species.

Marine life

As for the marine and coastal bio diversity, it is a fact that Sri Lanka’s been
recognized as one of the best destinations for whale and dolphin watching.
Further turtle watching which once again has not only attracted the attention of lots of tourists but local travelers as well is taking place in the southern part of the country.
Srilankan government and nonprofit organizations which have been
acknowledged by the value of the biodiversity they possess have established many organizations to protect these amazing lives.

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