A young male Leopard - more of him later
There are 125 mammal species in
Sri Lanka, of which I can show you just a few. I shall not give full descriptions of the mammals posted here but refer you to Wikipedia which lists the mammals and gives links to descriptions and their ecology.
Places I name in this account are described in my earlier blog on
The Indian palm squirrel may be the smallest mammal in my set but they try to make up for it in numbers
The Grizzled giant squirrel is altogether larger with a head and body length of up to 45 cm (18 in).
An Indian hare sunbathes in early morning sunshine
The Indian grey mongoose is native to the Indian subcontinent and West Asia
The Indian flying fox, also known as the Greater Indian fruit bat, is a species we saw in huge colonies in the Kandy botanic garden
During daytime the flying foxes wrap themselves up using their wings as blankets, going out to feed at night
The Indian flying fox is one of the largest bats in the world weighing up to 1.6kg (3.5lb)
The wingspan is 1.2–1.5 m (4-5 ft)
The Tufted grey langur, also known as Madras gray langur - this species is shy and keeps its distance
This langur has a youngster curled up on its lap
Toque macaque male
The macaque exploits a relationship with people scrounging and stealing food
Older females - like this one with a baby - develop a rosy pink complexion
Female Chital deer, also known as spotted deer
Male Chitals have antlers and, 90cm high at shoulder height, are larger than the females
A Wild boar naps awaiting visitors to the Yala National Park from whom it will scrounge food
But here a Wild boar is truly wild wallowing on the lakeside at Yala with an egret on its back looking for prey
A Wild water buffalo at Yala - or is it an ancestor of domesticated buffalo?
Water buffaloes live up to their name
A Wild water buffalo bull leaves a mud wallow
The Sri Lankan elephant is one of three recognised subspecies of the Asian elephant. A lone male at Udawalawe. We were told that due to poaching for ivory there has been selective pressure for elephants without tusks - a sad outcome but one that helps the species survive.
A small group of females and young
Mum and calf
The Leopard as pictured in the opening shot comes out to show its splendour.
The Leopard was a young male playing a game of 'chase' with its sister
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins - there were hundreds around us on this boat trip from Palagama
Timing and framing your shot is tricky from a lurching boat, with fast moving dolphins, other passengers in the way and complete guesswork as to where they will appear next.
Not the best of framing but the best I got