Sri Lanka: Endangered animals and ancient cultures

21 April 2018 to 04 May 2018
From £3,970
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Sri Lanka

The island of Sri Lanka boasts one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world. Join zoologist Dr Andrew Kittle and Sri Lankan ecologist Anjali Watson in this biodiversity hotspot to explore the domain of its threatened apex predator, the Sri Lankan leopard. Learn about the integral role this endemic sub-species plays in the effective functioning of the island’s diverse ecosystems. Discover the regions where the leopards still roam, from the remote national park wilderness of Gal Oya into the midst of the hills in the tea country. Gain insight from conservationists about the endangered Asian elephant and how Sri Lanka is at the forefront globally of elephant conservation and management. Explore the island on foot, on private game drives and by boat safari.


  • Glimpse white-bellied sea eagles, grey, and purple herons and several species of cormorant on an exclusive boat safari in Gal Oya National Park
  • Visit an ancient Vedda tribe community of forestdwelling indigenous people and learn about the tribe’s use of medicinal plants and the location of their ancient hunting grounds
  • Explore Yala National Park with esteemed elephant conservationists Drs Prithiviraj Fernando and Jennifer Pastorini from the Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR)
  • Enjoy exclusive access to remote leopard and elephant research stations and practical demonstrations in the field

Trip scholar

Dr Andrew Kittle and Anjali Watson, Co-founders of the Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Trust (WWCT), research partners with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Optional post-tour to the Maldives, 4-8 May 2018

Gain genuine insight into the real Maldives with an optional posttour and learn about issues affecting the country, its people and its fragile cosystem. This exclusive post-tour allows you an unparalleled insight into local life, with accommodation in comfortable guesthouses on local islands. The vast majority of tourists to the Maldives stay on resort islands; however, this tour offers a truly new experience and certainly not a typical luxury Maldivian holiday. Further details can be requested from the tour operator.

Booking details

Experience Travel Group
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3355 7873

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