Wilpattu, Demands Attention at a National Level

Wilpattu National Park is the largest protected area for wildlife in Sri Lanka. Spanning across Puttalam and Anuradhapura districts whilst bordering Mannar and Vavuniya districts, the park owns a territory of 131, 656 hectares, also being the only place with a high possibility of encountering the ‘Big 3’; the elephant, the leopard and the sloth bear.

Declared a national park in 1938 with a global recognition of Ramsar Wetland of International Importance since 2013, the park was closed for two decades over the civil conflict. Yet, this national treasure shows potential to be further developed as a top wildlife game park in the South Asian region, if due recognition is given at a national level.

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