“Through a guide’s lense” – October episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….

“Through a guide’s lense” – September episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                  

“Through a guide’s lense” – August episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                      

“Through a guide’s lense” – July episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                    

“Through a guide’s lense” – June episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                      

“Through a guide’s lense” – May episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                        

“Through a guide’s lense” – April episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                  

“Through a guide’s lense” – February episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….

“Through a guide’s lense” – January episode

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The month in pictures and videos, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                              

“Through a guide’s lense” – November episode

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The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                  

“Through a guide’s lense” – October episode

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The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                  

“Through a guide’s lense” – September episode

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The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                      

“Through a guide’s lense” – August episode

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The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                        

“Through a guide’s lense” – July episode

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The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team. Enjoy….                

A Guide Exchange to Sri Lanka

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It is nearing a month since I returned home from Sri Lanka and I feel like I can still smell the aroma of spices and feel the vibrancy of the people, their kindness and see the diverse but yet strangely familiar wildlife. Some of you may be wondering what this exchange was and how this […]

A Sri Lankan food safari with Leopard Trails!

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American chef and tv personality Anthony Bourdain once compared a plate of rice and accompanying curries to an artist’s palette because different ratios of each curry mixed into a mouthful can give rise to completely varying flavours on the tongue. Eating Sri Lankan cuisine is both art and science, and managing this collision of flavours […]

“Through a guide’s lense” – June episode

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LEOPARD TRAILS IN YALA NATIONAL PARK – PUT THIS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST! PETER KURUVITA BLOG POST

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How would you like to experience the excitement and adventure of a leopard-spotting safari in Sri Lanka along with the finest creature comforts and delicious food? If you want it all, look no further than Leopard Trails in Yala National Park! As you all know I travel through Sri Lanka regularly for a number of reasons; visiting […]

48 hours of birding with guide Arran Sivarajah

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Leopard’s in our national parks are a big draw, and so are other charismatic species such as elephants and bears. So what is the secret recipe to make sure visitors appreciate the rest of the biodiversity in our parks? We believe that any safari experience is greatly enhanced by high quality guiding. The Game Rangers […]

The Battle at Gonalabba

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I arrived from Meda para onto the main road and moved into position to observe a malithan tree in the distance where we had sighted a leopard on the previous day. On closer inspection we noticed that the tree was empty and there was no sign of the leopard anywhere. I decided to stake out […]

A 10 month old killer

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A leopard cub’s first kill of a medium sized mammal like a deer is a right of passage, a coming of age which signals to his mother that it is transitioning into an adult, and why not? Leopard’s are solitary and once fully independant they leave their mother in search of new territory. For some […]

A walk on the wild side

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During my training as a guide in Africa, I would have to walk in areas with dangerous game and have close encounters with the big 5 as a part of the FGASA Trails guiding course. These walks are a part of my fondest memories of Africa. These walks included endless hours of tracking elephants and […]

Prisoner to a prince

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There are scarce moments, epic moments, emotional moments and then there are moments with a leopard and a pangolin interacting! The consensus amongst our team is that it will be tough to top this sighting for another ten year period. In my years of guiding across several continents I have always kept a look out […]

Our top 10 scarce moments!

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Much has been theorized about scarcity in both psychology and economics. Simply put, we place a higher value on things that are scarce, and a lower value on those that are abundant. Our guides are often asked about their most extraordinary encounters at Leopard Trails. Their answers point to a desire that is deeply rooted […]

To survive a visit by a sloth bear

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Perhaps we will never truly understand some things, like the role that instinct plays in providing safe passage to adulthood in young animals. Should this leopard cub live to adulthood, last Thursday would be a key turning point in its life, and whether due to instinct or some random set of factors, the outcome of […]

Love is in the air!

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It was just last year when I embarked on a leopard identification initiative to demonstrate to our guides the value of recognizing individuals, and it is days like this where we feel the hard work has paid off. One of the privileges of being in the wild on a daily basis and being able to […]

A Review of My Stay with Leopard Trails

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I loved my stay with Leopard Trails at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka!  This was one of my top experiences and I can’t recommend it enough to wildlife lovers! I only stayed one night, which gave me the opportunity to do an afternoon safari and an early morning safari.  I loved it so much […]

Tuskers of Yala National Park

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“Tusker” is the name given to a male elephant that has tusks which are elongated incisors that grow out of the animal’s skull. They continue to grow throughout their lifetime. Tusks can be seen in both sexes of the African Elephant (Loxodonta africana). On the other hand only male Sri Lankan Elephants (Elephas maximus maximus) […]

A leap of leopards and a new years day family reunion!

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What is the collective noun that applies to leopards? A group of leopards is referred to as a “leap of leopards”. Leopards are known to be solitary animals and when more than one is spotted together they are generally a mating pair or a mother with her cubs. On very rare occasions, fathers have been […]

Murder at Katagamuwa

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Contributing photographers: Radheesh Sellamuttu (Managing Director, Leopard Trails) Indika Nettigama (Game Ranger, Leopard Trails) Arran Sivarajah (Game Ranger, Leopard Trails) Dramatic stories are not always played out within the bounds of the park. On that fateful Thursday night in December 2014 the wild boar family at the Katagamuwa gate of Yala would lose one of […]

The day of the Jackal……

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Introduction All visitors to Yala National Park instantly get a bout of ‘Leopard Fever’. You can’t blame them; Sri Lanka is quite simply one of the best locations in the world to observe leopard in the wild. It is easy to get caught up in the hype; yet when you take a step back to […]

A dream sighting………….

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  Written by : Haresh De Soysa Pictures by : Haresh De Soysa and Indika Nettigama On the 24th of May 2014, the Leopard Trails team was witness to a spectacular sighting of leopard behavior. At approx. 7.00am, we approached a waterhole well known at present for its animal activity. Our tracker immediately sighted a […]

Where has Hamu been?

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Pictures by Amodha Kannangara, Rouchelle Sriranjan, Radheesh Sellamuttu, Haresh De Soysa   Where has Hamu been?  It is always a pleasure for the Leopard Trails team to see “Hamu”, the big male leopard whose photograph was used to create our logo. Over the past few weeks Hamu has been sighted at : Sudu Weli Mulla […]

The Leopards of Yala – the unfolding saga

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The Leopards of Yala – the unfolding saga Written and leopard identification by: Radheesh Sellamuttu (radheesh@leopardtrails.com) Contributing photographers: Radheesh Sellamuttu (Managing Director, Leopard Trails) Indika Nettigama (Game Ranger, Leopard Trails) Arran Sivarajah (Game Ranger, Leopard Trails) Avijja Fonseka (Game Ranger, Leopard Trails) Jerome Kiel (Game Ranger, Leopard Trails) Buddhilini De Soyza   It’s 2014 now, […]

The promise of Wilpattu

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“Natta” performed for us that Sunday evening. As he always does. He belongs to an era of habituated leopards in Wilpattu national park, all born post war, and relatively comfortable around vehicles. “Natta saved the day again” jokes Leopard Trails ranger Indika on a regular basis. He is referring to quiet days where “Natta” appears […]