Willpattu Wildlife national park
Wilpattu National Park is Located 30km west of Anuradhapura or 25km north of Puttalam. Then, this Park declared a wildlife sanctuary on the year 1905. On 25th February 1938, the sanctuary elevated to the status of Wilpattu Park. On 7th November 1947, the northern area of Willpattu National Park was declaring as Wilpattu North Sanctuary.
Close to Anuradhapura is unique in its topography having inland ‘villus'(lakes) that attract thousands of water birds. It is the domain of the elusive leopard. Bear and herds of deer and sambhur are common. This National Park vegetation is lush and wide changes of vegetation can be experienced in the different section of this Park of course.
It’s an area of no less than 131,693 hectares with altitude ranging between the sea-level and 152 meters. Actually, wilpattu National Park situated in the dry zone. This Park while the period of drought is only during the months of May to early September. Hence, the main rainy season is during September to December and northeastern monsoon; inter-monsoon season visits the Willpattu Park March and April.
You Can see the species are 31 mammals, Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) and Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus). Another apart from those two mammals is Asian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer and jackals. In Addition, sambhur, barking deer, mouse deer Wild Pig, Water Buffalo and Mugger Crocodiles in Wilpattu National Park likewise Yala Park.
Willpattu National Park has Butterflies recorded include the Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown and Crimson Rose.