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How well do you know Sri Lanka’s Big Five wildlife species?

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The Big 5 is the mightiest, most powerful and largest mammals on earth, and having them all is one country is a rare and wonderful thing.

Very few countries can boast having all 5 of these beasts, and after Africa, Sri Lanka is the one with this amazing safari opportunity. To be in the Big 5 club, animals need to be, obviously, big, terrifying, amazing to look at, and also attract an impressive amount of tourists and visitors. The best Sri Lanka tours will surely have you taking a safari to meet these 5 creatures, and Walkers Tours has some good safari deals you might want to check out!

Blue Whale

The South of Dondra in Sri Lanka has been named one of the best places in the world to see big blue whales. The blue whale is one of the most sought after mammal in the sea, for both its sheer size and still somewhat mysterious lifestyle. Whale watching is a very humbling experience that connects you to nature like no other, and something the sea lovers must try when visiting the island.

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Sperm Whale

Closely following the Blue Whale, Sperm whales are also a highly sought after sea creature that doesn’t cease to entertain and make an onlooker gasp in wonder.  A marine lover’s delight, this side of the island is the best place to catch a glimpse of a sperm whale in its natural habitat.

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Asian Elephant

Who doesn’t like elephants?  Terrifyingly huge and adorable at the same time, these animals are known to have the kindest eyes. A safari through the jungles in Yala will let you see the Asian elephants frolic about, while they go about their daily activities. And if you are lucky, a baby elephant or two might try cuddling you with its little elephant feet and trunk!

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This elegant killer is the second fastest big cat on earth after the cheetah. Watching these graceful yet ferocious creatures in action is definitely something you won’t forget for life. The leopards are mostly found lounging in trees while on the lookout for prey.

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Sloth Bear

Unlike the bigger bears, sloth bears have lankier, longer bodies, more fur and overall have the look of a shaggy dog plus sloth-like personality. The Sloth Bear can be tamed too, and for the most time, these bears are lazy and like to sit around looking innocent, but they are vicious hunters, so don’t be fooled!

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