The Sri Lankan Leopard – In search of Panthera Pardus Kotiya!

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Sleek and stealthy, the Sri Lankan Leopard is a truly magnificent predator. These elusive creatures may be sometimes hard to spot, but when you do, it is an experience you won’t forget.

The Sri Lankan Leopard| Img by: Thimindu Goonatillake via FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

Name and characteristics

Going by “Panthera Pardus Kotiya” (scientific name), the Sri Lankan Leopard is one of eight leopard subspecies. Listed on the IUCN Red List as “Endangered”, this leopard species has a rusty yellow or tawny coat with dark or black spots and features broad paws.

When hunger strikes

The diet of the Sri Lankan Leopard can vary and depends on food availability too. While on Sri Lanka wildlife tours you may be lucky enough to spot a leopard with its prey which can be anything from a deer or wild boar to birds or small mammals.

Best place for sightings

The undisputed hotspot to catch sight of these creatures is the Yala National Park which has one of the world’s highest leopard densities. Wildlife tour specialists the likes of Nature Odyssey offer safaris at this park where you have a great chance to spot the Sri Lankan Leopard.

Best times for sightings

Early mornings and in the evenings are generally the best times to spot leopards. The dry season which runs from the middle of May to the end of August, offers a great chance to see them since they are known to frequent water holes in the park.



Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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