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Posts related to flora and fauna including sightings, behavior, morphology and habitats

Nature walk to Lover’s Leap waterfall

The spectacular waterfall is about 30 meters high and falls off from a huge rock; and is incipient of the streams and brooks of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain range, Piduruthalagala (at 2524m). Lover’s Leap is not a large waterfall, nevertheless,… Continue Reading →

Bird life of Jetwing Warwick Gardens

Sri Lanka with its tear-dropped shape is dominated by the astonishingly varied features of topography, making it one of the most scenic places in the world. The differences in elevation influence temperature variations; – while it is always warm and… Continue Reading →

Bandula barb – a critically endangered, point-endemic freshwater fish species

The Bandula barb (Pethia bandula) is a point endemic species; which means that it is only found naturally at one specific location in the world – a 1.5 km stretch of stream in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. The Bandula Barb… Continue Reading →

Few more days for the elephant gathering at Minneriya National Park!

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park’s predominant feature is the ancient, man-made Minneriya Tank  (built in the 3rd century by King Mahasen). The dry season spanning from June to October to each year, is the best time to visit the… Continue Reading →

Jetwing Lighthouse – Turtle Conservation Project

Marine turtles have been roaming the world’s oceans for about 190 million years; and today, seven different species of sea turtles grace our ocean waters, from the shallow sea grass beds of the Indian Ocean, to the colorful reefs of… Continue Reading →

Feeding behavior of Grey Slender Loris

Mainly they are insectivorous – feeding on insects. But they are omnivorous, as they also feed on birds, grasshoppers, fruits, some leaves…etc. Prey that is caught is tucked into the mouth using one hand. Similarly, by standing on their feet… Continue Reading →

Bird life at Jetwing Vil Uyana – a story of thievery from the animal world…

In our real life, real world we come across different stories of robberies by corrupt human beings. However, it seems not only among human beings, thievery appears to be a widespread practice across the animal kingdom as well.  Such an… Continue Reading →

Reptile Diversity of Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Sri Lanka has a very high biodiversity and is one of the 34 hot spots in the world. The island also possesses a large number of endemic and relict reptile fauna. The Indian subcontinent and the Malayan region have been… Continue Reading →

Biodiversity of Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel Wetland Reserve

(Continued from: Recognising the Importance of Wetlands) Over 33 species of plants can be found in the Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel Wetland Reserve, eight of which were introduced to the Hill Country region by the British (e.g. arum lily). Many of… Continue Reading →

Boat safari down the Mahamodara River

Glide in a boat on a 12km journey along the Mahamodara river up to the Wakwella bridge. The Mahamodara river is a major tributary of the mighty Gin Ganga, which originates from the Rakwana hills and heads south via the Sinharaja… Continue Reading →

Wild orchid of the dry zone

This native terrestrial wild orchid is found in shaded areas of tropical dry mixed evergreen forest floors in Sri Lanka. The distribution of this herb is confined to the dry zone of the island, particularly, Yala, Polonnaruwa, Vavuniya and Trincomalee. There… Continue Reading →

Whale watching at Trincomalee

One of the top locations for whale-watching in Sri Lanka is the port city of Trincomalee on the northeast coast of the country. Sightings of the magnificent oceanic giants — Blue whales (Balenoptera musculus) — are common from mid-late February… Continue Reading →

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