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Sri Lanka actually has 22 National Parks, including two marine reserves, and between them they cover 13% of the country. These parks and reserves are home to a huge variety of wildlife and birdlife. The most famous of the reserves is Yala National Park, which is the most visited and the second largest park in the country. It is situated in the south-east region of the country and consists of five individual blocks of land, two of which are open to the public. The park covers nearly 400 square miles and was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900. The park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches and is home to to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Yala has the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, Sri Lankan elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.
Other notable parks include Bundala National Park, which has 32 species of mammal and nearly 200 recorded species of birds; Minneriya National Park with 24 species of mammal and 160 species of birds; Udawalawe National Park, which is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants; Wilpattu National Park, which is the largest park in Sri Lanka and one of the oldest and renowned for its large leopard population; and the two rainforests of Kithulgala and Sinharaja.

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