LEOPARDS OF YALA – SRI LANKA THROUGH A LENS
de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2006). Leopards of Yala – Sri Lanka Through a Lens. Synergy. September-October 2006. Page 58. Volume 03, Issue 03. ISSN 1391-9385.
“The leopard found in Sri Lanka is a sub-species unique to the island. Yala National Park has one of the highest densities of this predator anywhere in the world. A number of factors makes Yala one of the best places in the world to see this beautiful cat. One factor is that it is the top predator. It does not have to compete with larger predators and in protected areas such as Yala young leopards can be quite confiding. The open terrain and the high population density also makes leopard viewing in Yala easier than anywhere else in Asia.
The leopard is a remarkably adaptable animals and has been seen coming down to the lake in Kandy to drink water. Small populations hold out wherever there are forests large enough to support an adequate supply of prey.
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