92 species of mammals!
Over 440 bird species!
242 butterfly & 117 dragonfly species!
190 reptiles of which 98 species are of snakes, while the remaining are of mainly lizards, crocodiles and turtles!
102 amphibian species!
107 species of fish!
3210 species of flowering plants! And that… Overall, about 22 percent of Sri Lanka’s amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles and 27 percent of our plants are endemic!
Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to egg-laying turtles and a huge variety of birds. With 12 per cent of the country designated for wildlife protection it is easy to get a taste of Sri Lankan wildlife. Safari parks and sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, offer the easiest way to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered leopard; take your time as you watch the elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon; or walk quietly near to the turtles until they stop to lay their eggs.
A visit to the Sri Lankan jungles is to enter a whole new world where nature has largely stayed still.