Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in 1938. It is home to wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, sloth bears, sambar and spotted deer, monkeys, crocodiles, and even a small population of leopards. Up to 130 species of birds have been recorded at Yala, many migratory, including the white winged black tern, curlews and pintails. Indigenous species include jungle fowl, hornbills and orioles
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