Island of Sri Lanka
Photograph by Juergen Schreiber
Yala National Park
(featuring an elephant, peacock, deer, jaguar and falcon / eagle)
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Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi).
The park consists of five 'blocks', two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area.
Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is also important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.