Saturday, January 18, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Elephant - Yala National Park ~

Second great postcard from Yala National Park showing  elephants, this time an elephant family...
..."the gentle giants of the jungle" ...Many Thanks Ravindra!!!

 With nice matching elephant stamp.
(one of the six stamps of animals living in the park)
(Issued 28-07-2013

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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