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MAHOORA, the luxury Tented Safari experience blending service fit for royalty with an indigenous touch and real wilderness
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Leopard #photoshoot

This leopard, photographed by #Mahoora’s own Thilanka Bodhikotuwa, seems to be posing for a glamour shoot in front of a termite mound, the likes of which can be found all throughout the #Yala National Park. This #leopard was one of eleven to be counted in Block 5, which is half the size of the more popular Block 1. The exact count is unknown due to the lush vegetation and rough terrain.

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Time to wake up for this kitty
Block 5 of the #Yala National Park is a relatively lesser-known wilderness area, its inland setting giving it a different feel from the often-visited Block 1 near the coast. #Mahoora’s naturalist Thilanka Bodhikotuwa took this shot of a sleepy leopard about to start its nightly prowl, during an evening safari to Block 5. #Leopards in Block 5 are harder to spot, because they are not used to as many #Safari Jeeps.
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Danger at the Watering Hole

You may have heard that in #nature, the rule is “eat or be eaten”. These two images, captured by #Mahoora naturalist Saranga Mendis at Wilada Wila at #Yala #National #Park, show the cruelty of nature… A water #buffalo calf who just happened to cross the path of a hungry #crocodile, is seen being attacked to be consumed. Even if the calf managed to get away, the crushing jaws and the strong sharp teeth of the croc means that the days of the calf are limited.

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Elephant Having a Bath

Rakina Wala at #Yala National Park is a watering hole that attracts all kinds of #wildlife, the largest of which are Sri Lankan #Elephants. #Mahoora Naturalist Saranga Mendis managed this click of a calf in the water, having a load of fun. Elephants spend about 2 hours of every day in or near water, as it is the best way for them to cool down, especially during hot days like this.

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Feline Beauty

Female Sri Lankan #Leopards are usually shier than males, and tend to hide away from the gaze of humans, but this 18-month-old juvenile is used to the Safari Jeeps, and does not mind being at a safe distance from them. #Mahoora Naturalist Saranga Mendis photographed this big cat during a morning safari, at about 8:00am at Borupanvila in #Wilpattu National Park.

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Green Pit Viper

“Dangerous” is the word that crosses your mind when you encounter a Green Pit Viper such as this one, photographed by #Mahoora naturalist Thilanka Bodhikotuwa in #Sinharaja on a recent #nature trail. Green Pit Vipers (Trimeresurus trigonocephalus), known in Sinhalese as Palaa Polanga, are highly venomous, and cause unbearable pain that could last several days, although fatalities are quite rare.

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Leopardess up close and personal

#Yala National Park keeps throwing wonders of nature at us, and we keep on enjoying them. This gorgeous female did not seem the slightest bit perturbed when she came to within 5 metres of the safari jeeps during a more-than-20-minute sighting at around 4:45 pm at Warahana Junction. This photograph was captured by #Mahoora Naturalist Thilanka Bodhikotuwa.

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Kangaroo Lizard

Otocryptis wiegmanni, commonly known as the Sri Lankan Kangaroo #Lizard is an endemic #reptile which gets its common name from its large hind legs. This beautifully coloured specimen was photographed in the #Sinharaja Forest Reserve, near the Mederipitya Entrance near Deniyaya by our #Mahoora naturalist Thilanka Bodhikotuwa. Subsistent on small insects, these lizards are expert climbers, and use their strong legs to run away from predators and to capture prey.

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Nothing like seeing a friendly Jumbo

#Yala National Park maybe famous for its leopards, but it’s largest inhabitants are Sri Lankan #Elephants. This particular friendly young male tusker was photographed during a #Mahoora safari tour in the national park. It almost looks like he is too shy to pose for this photo. Elephants never stop growing, so as he gets older, he will grow ever more majestic.

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Hump-nosed Lizard

The Hump-nosed #Lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus) is one of Sri Lanka’s many endemic lizards, and its main habitat is the highland forests of the island, such as the #Sinharaja Forest Reserve, where this particular lizard was photographed by Thilanka Bodhikotuwa near the Mederipitiya Entrance. Known as “Kandukara Bodilima” locally, these diurnal lizards are known to feign death when threatened or picked up.

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