Explore Our Amazing Wildlife

Wildlife

Although Yala National Park is celebrated as one of the best places to see leopards in the world, the reserve is home to a huge diversity of wildlife. On your safari in Yala National Park, you may also see crocodiles, elephants, deer, wild boar, monkeys and rare birds. Sri Lankan Leopards are apex predators, with no real competition for food so we often see them walking along the road or simply relaxing or sleeping in a shady tree. Sloth bears are another highlight, often seen between May and July feasting on the fruits of the palu tree.

Mammals

Leopard, sloth bear, elephant, water buffalo, samba, and spotted deer, toque macaque and grey langur monkey, wild boar, mongoose, jackal, golden palm civet, fishing cat, black-naped hare and many more.

Reptiles

Mugger crocodile, saltwater crocodile, land monitor, lizard, green vine snake, Indian cobra, tortoise, rock python, rat snake and cat snake, and the freshwater terrapin.

Birds

Indian peacock, bee-eater, sea eagle, serpent eagle, Malabar pied hornbill, painted stork, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, and the rare black-necked stork.