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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 →

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 →

Organic farm at Jetwing Beach

Jetwing Beach has been operating an organic agricultural park for over a year, growing and harvesting various edible crops as well as mangrove plants (mal kadol- Aegiceras Corriculatum, Karen koku-Acrosticum, Manda-Avicennia marina) which were donated by NARA Negombo to enhance… 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 →

Recognising the Importance of Wetlands

Wetland habitats are characterized by the permanent or temporary accumulation of water and associated flora and fauna. Initial interest in wetlands began with waterfowl hunting and the escalating exploitation of wetland resources resulted in the Convention on Wetlands, referred to… 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 →

The oldest cave temple near Negombo: Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya, a Buddhist cave temple located roughly 30km from Negombo, is an interesting day excursion for both the cultural enthusiast and outdoor adventurer. On a hike through the forested rocky area, visitors can explore some 77 identified and… Continue Reading →

Conservation efforts needed to protect whales of Sri Lanka

The world’s whale watchers, naturalists and scientists are discovering what an incredible place Sri Lanka is to observe whales and dolphins. Large pods of whales are regularly observed close to the Sri Lankan coast with major hot spots off the… Continue Reading →

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