Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park is famed for its healthy population of elephants; they are frequently seen in herds of up to 300, gathered mainly around the edges of the lakes. Birdlife is also prolific, and residents include stork-billed and common kingfishers, egrets, herons, white-necked storks, black-headed ibis and painted storks. Among the mammals likely to be seen are endemic toque monkey, Hanuman langur, spotted deer, wild pig, black-napped hare, ruddy mongoose and sambar. Rarely seen mammals include the stripe-necked mongoose, muntjac, pangolin, giant flying squirrel, jungle cat, porcupine and nocturnal slender loris. There are leopards in the park but they are rarely seen.