The most popular out of the national parks in the country and the second largest, Yala is ranked to have the highest leopard density in the world making it a unique wild life park for animal lovers from all over the world. Home for many species of animals, biggest being the Asian Elephant – a jeep safari at the park can be a pleasant experience to young and old. Water Buffalos, Dear, Wild boar being common sightings – the leopard, sloth bear and crocodiles are recorded seen by many lucky visitors to the park. Covering a land area of 979 Sq Km, the park consists of five blocks of which two are open to the public. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbors 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. 44 species of mammals has been recorded from the park.