Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SRI LANKA ~Elephant - Yala National Park ~

...Amazing postcard of one of the most magnificent and largest mammals on land... a giant elephant tearing down a tree as a snack...it must be awesome to see elephants in their natural habitat...
Can't thank you enough Ravindra for once again a fabulous postcard!! ^__^ (Yala National Park nr 3 )

With great stamp nr 4 of six new stamps selected with animals
living in the Yala National Park (Issued 28-07- 2013) to coincide with the completion of seventy five years of the network of Wild Life Reserves in Sri Lanka. -Hawksbill Turtle-Swamp Crocodile-Elephant-Black-necked Stork -The Wild Boar -The Spotted Deer.

Yala National Park (also known as Ruhunu National Park) is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. It is situated in the southeast region of the country.

Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.

Yala Natinal Park is one of the best places for sightings of wild Elephants and  is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants. The elephant herd of Yala contains 300–350 individuals.

Asian elephants, also known as Indian elephants are  known to be one of the most gentle and intelligent mammals. They can be identified by their small, rounded ears and are quite a bit smaller than their cousins, the African elephants.

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