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20160123_Sri Lanka_3708 crop Habarana sRGB

A herd of elephants crosses the roadway, escaping from Hurulu Eco Park. (Elephants don’t recognize park boundaries.)


The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is the largest of the three subspecies of Asian elephants but still smaller than the African elephant. Only 7% of males bear tusks. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Sri Lankan elephant as endangered, primarily due to habitat loss.


Hurulu Eco (for ecological) Park was carved out at the edge of the Hurulu Forest Reserve, a designated biosphere reserve (in 1977) representing Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests. It is an important habitat of the Sri Lankan elephant. There are other protected areas around the reserve that provide additional range for the migratory elephants without encroaching on civilization.


On Google Earth:

Hurulu Eco Park 8° 7'16.41"N, 80°48'12.97"E

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Taken on January 23, 2016