Wilpattu National Park: Leopard Country

Wilpattu National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Sri Lanka. Compared to other popular wildlife sanctuaries in the country, Wilpattu lies off the beaten track. Make no mistake, it’s a wildlife haven. What’s more interesting is the number of wild leopards in the park. But, this park was closed for…
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Sri Lanka: Top Safari Animals

What makes Sri Lanka a great wildlife destination? Well, where else can you see the largest animal on land (the elephant), the largest animal in the planet AND the country’s top predator (the leopard) within a span of days? Plus, where else can you see 300 wild Asian Elephants gathered in one location? That’s right,…
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Top 5 National Parks in Sri Lanka

For a small island, Sri Lanka has a substantial number of national parks (26, to be exact). The country is predominantly Buddhist, hence harmonious coexistence was encouraged since ancient times. A special place was (still is) given for animals in history, culture, and religion. But, where can you see Sri Lanka’s marvelous creatures? Here are…
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Filming the Blue Magpie

Place: Sinharaja rainforest reserve, Sri Lanka – a biodiversity hotspot and Unesco World Heritage site. In an attempt to film many species as possible for my documentary, me and the team (Saman Hewage and Dhanusha Bandara) came to the rainforest hoping to film some exotic birds; one bird we had in mind was the colorful,…
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Filming Leopards

In late 2017, after finishing work on my documentary “Voice of the Night – The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka”, I discussed with my father (Dr. Mahendra Perera) and team (Dhanusha Bandara and Saman Hewage) the possibility of making a broadcast-length wildlife documentary. Shortly afterward, we began production by filming leopards. We chose Wilpattu National…
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Filming the ‘Devil Bird’

Back in 2014, I came up with the idea of doing a documentary about owls in Sri Lanka. With my trusty team (including cameramen Dhanusha Bandara and Saman Hewage) we spent nearly a year jetting around the country filming owls. Most of them were hard to film – owls are nocturnal, and it takes a…
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