Monday, March 23, 2009

Ecotourism – Sri Lanka

Bundala National Park

The park is covering an area of 6216 hectares. It is located in the Hambantota district. The park was initially established as a Sanctuary in 1969. The park falls within the southeastern arid zone of Sri Lanka , with hot and dry climate.

The bio diversity of this park is immense: A total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including 6 endemics and 7 species that are considered nationally threatened. It is also home to 32 different species of mammal, 5 of which are classified as threatened. The birdlife is also diverse. For keen bird-watchers, the complex wetland system harbours a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka 's first ‘Ramsar' wetland – one of great international importance especially for migratory waterfowl.

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