Sri Lankan Wildlife

by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne 

Publication Date:  08th Aug 2007


Sri Lankan Wildlife Guide – Expert wildlife advice including tips on identification, field guides, photography, rare endemics, national reserves and habitats. Also featuring suggestions for where to watch primates and turtles, nocturnal wildlife, underwater locations, birdwatching and scientific and behavioral information on numerous species.

About this book

Sri Lanka is home to elephants, leopards, bears and water buffalo and boasts one of the highest species densities of marine mammals in the world. An ideal field guide and armchair read, this book is illustrated with colour photographs of species and includes maps charting animal habitats to aid identification.

Bradt’s fully illustrated wildlife guides focus on regions of the world particularly celebrated for their amazing and often unique species.
With spectacular photography or exclusive watercolour drawings throughout, each visitors’ guide provides an introduction to the region’s principal flora and fauna alongside suggested wildlife itineraries, practical information on when to go and what to take and photography tips. Written in a deliberately engaging way, they offer something different from dry field guides, and will appeal to the interested layman as much as the wildlife devotee. Ideal as a lightweight companion to any wildlife trip they also make a handsome souvenir.

About the Author

Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne is probably the best-known wildlife and tourism personality in Sri Lanka. He has authored, and contributed photographically to a number of specialist local Sri Lankan wildlife guides and is also the CEO of a holiday company specializing in tours taking in the wildlife, culture and conservation in Sri Lanka.


‘Bradt Travel Guides simply have the best wildlife coverage of any of the popular guide books.’
BBC Wildlife

‘Sri Lankan Wildlife provides a very good overview.’

Additional Information

Table of Contents

Sri Lanka: a biodiversity jewel, How to use this book, The Sri Lankan environment
Habitats and Reserves
Habitats, National parks and reserves
Asian elephant, Ungulates, Carnivores, Primates, Squirrels, Bats, Other mammals
Birds of town and garden, Birds of the rainforest, Birds of the highlands, Birds of the dry lowlands, Birds of the wetlands, Birds of the coast, Endemic birds
Reptiles and Amphibians
Lizards, Snakes, Crocodiles, Turtles, terrapins and tortoises, Amphibians
Lower invertebrates, Arthropods, Butterflies, Dragonflies and damselflies
The Underwater World
Freshwater fish, Marine life, Under the sea, Marine mammals
Getting About
Independent travel, Tours, Suggested itinerary, Photography tips
Further Information
Books, Societies, Finding out more