Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Giant Squirrels from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
A land like no other
Udawalawa National Park

Giant Squirrels
Ratufa macroura

Photographer - A. Felix J. Perera

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The grizzled giant squirrel (Ratufa macroura) is a large tree squirrel found in the highlands of the Central and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka and in southern India.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the species as near threatened due to habitat loss and hunting.

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Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the drainage basin of the reservoir.

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