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Tropical fruit season starts with Lawalu (English – Canistel) at Jetwing Kaduruketha

Lavalu (Pouteria campechiana) is an evergreen tree native to southern Mexico and cultivated in Asian countries like Sri Lanka for its fruit. It grows up to 10 meters (33 ft) high. The fruit is sweet, with a texture often compared… Continue Reading →

Building a House to Win His Partner

There are two species of weaver birds recorded in Sri Lanka. The Streaked weaver (Ploceus manyar) is confined to coastal areas, where as the Baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a rather common sight around paddy fields all throughout the country, except… Continue Reading →

Trail to Thotupola mountain

Trail to Thotupola mountain will let you experience the unique montane forest ecosystem of Horton Plains National Park with minimum difficulty. Even though Thotupola mountain is the third highest peak in Sri Lanka, this trail is easy to tackle since… Continue Reading →

Elephant lover’s paradise

Minneriya National Park The national park has an ancient man made tank; Minneriya which date back to 276 – 303 BC and park has a land area of 8890 hectares. During the dry season large herds of elephants are seen… Continue Reading →

From wastes to resources – Organic farm at Jetwing Yala

Spread across half an acre of previously unutilized land, the vegetable/fruit farm at Jetwing Yala is a model of minimum input farming – which uses only organic matter to aid in the plants’ growth. A conventional composting facility and a process… Continue Reading →

Edible Landscaping

An edible landscape by definition is a food producing landscape which is completely in tune with nature – a mixture of beauty with utility. It is the practical integration of food plants within an ornamental or decorative setting. While the… 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 →

Swayanjatha Rice

Swayanjatha, meaning “Born on its own” in Sinhala, is an indigenous variety of red rice paddy, endemic to Sri Lanka. Unlike the conventional varieties of rice cultivated in the country, this rice variety is grown on dry land as chena… Continue Reading →

Rusty Spotted Cat

What is a Rusty Spotted Cat? Rusty Spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosns) is the smallest wild cat in Sri Lanka. Where do they live? They are distributed in India and Sri Lanka. They mainly occur in moist and dry forests as… Continue Reading →

Shaheen Falcon at Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

The Shaheen falcon is the local resident race of the Peregrine in Sri Lanka. It is uncommon but found throughout the island, in the low lands and up to 1200 m in the hill country, frequenting rock outcrops and rocky… Continue Reading →

Sri Lankan Leopard sighted at Horton Plains

Photos and Text – Ishanda Senevirathna, Naturalist – Jetwing St. Andrew’s The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is subspecies native to Sri Lanka and is the only large mammalian predator in the country. The Sri Lankan leopard is classified… Continue Reading →

Feeding behavior of Slender Loris

Mainly they are insectivorous – feeding on insects. But they are omnivorous, as they also feed on fledglings, geckos, birds, small mammals like baby squirrels and fruits like Jam (Muntigia calabura).      Of with of more do would but… Continue Reading →

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