A fight to the death between a crocodile and a huge deadly snake is captured by the UK’s two top tabloid newspapers, the Mail and the Sun. The epic struggle was recorded on camera by amateur photographer Dr Rishani Gunasinghe at a waterhole in Yala National Park, home of our famed leopards and elephants.
Sri Lanka has reinforced its determination to stop wildlife trafficking and species smuggling, which is estimated to be worth at least $19 billion annually. The government-owned SriLankan Airlines launched a new corporate policy in May to strengthen its numerous initiatives to combat the illegal trade.
If you want to see elephants in Sri Lanka, go to Udawalawe National Park, says Condé Nast Traveller—“they are everywhere”. Writes Mary Holland: “A female elephant shepherds her calf between her legs. It scurries beneath her belly, following her trunk and disappearing from my sight as they pass through the tall grass.
The macaques of Sri Lanka starred in the Disney documentary feature ‘Monkey World, which was shot at the historic capital city of Polonnaruwa. Now they are in trouble—at least, they were. But the government is now acting to preserve the habitat of a species that is found only on this Indian Ocean island.
We see the whale as emblem of a threatened planet, writes conservationist Philip Hoare in the Guardian UK—and nowhere do we see them better than here in Sri Lanka. And the fact that we see them in such large numbers is good news for the future of whales worldwide.
CNN Travel reports how Sri Lanka is “attracting truckloads of tourists from around the world to witness a stunning wildlife spectacle”. That spectacle is the yearly elephant gathering at Minneriya National Park, when “hundreds of elephants travel each year to the shores of an ancient reservoir”.