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18 Mar

Episode 11 – Adams Peak Wilderness Reserve

The Black Leopard When I was first assigned to the ‘Nallathanni’ wildlife sanctuary as a Ranger, I found the mountainous setting and the cold climate a rather pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tea plantations were situated along the border of the Nallathanni forest, with tea plucking being the major source […]

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March 18, 2022
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06 Mar

Episode 10 – Kumana National Park

Tales from the past  I was first appointed to the post of Ranger in the Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1981. First, I had to work at ‘Wilpatthu National Park’ and thereafter, on the 1st of February 1983, I assumed duties at ‘Kumana National Park’. At the time, it was known as ‘Yala Eastern National […]

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March 6, 2022
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06 Mar

Episode 9 – Udawalawa National Park

An Unexpected Meeting In my lengthy career in the Wildlife service spanning more than two decades, I have served across many divisions throughout the country,spanningregions in Thanamalwila, Handapanagala, Nuwara-Eliya, Adam’s Peak, etc. I started as a Wildlife Guard in 1996, and later was promoted to the rank of Ranger.In 2016, I received a...

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March 6, 2022
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06 Mar

Episode 8 – Bundala National Park

Death at Bundala National Park The incident I am about to tell you happened in 2004, just two years after my recruitment and second placement as Game Guard at Bundala National Park.  To get familiar withBundala National Park,one must know that it is situated adjoining the Wilma Sanctuaryand is smaller than its peers across the […]

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March 6, 2022
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06 Mar

Episode 7 – Maduru Oya National Park

The ‘Dead’ Elephant I was first appointed as a 2nd grade Ranger of the “Maduru Oya National Park” in 1998. At the time, the Warden of the Park was Mr. Ranjith Jayasinghe. He was a well experienced person and had undergone a training in South Africa. Excluding me, there were around five more rangers in […]

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March 6, 2022
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05 Mar

Episode 6 – Wasgamuwa National Park

Face to face with poachers This incident occurred on the 17th January 2017. At the time, I was the Warden of the Wasgamuwa National Park, with three years of service in the Wildlife Department under the belt. During my time in the Wildlife Department, we received a plethora of information on illegal activities, including but […]

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March 5, 2022
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05 Mar

Episode 5 – Minneriya National Park

An experience of life and death One day when I was at the Wilgamuwa office I received a message saying that an injured elephant was in the Minneriya area. I went  to treat it with two assistants Gamunu and Jeewaka. The jungle around the Minneriya tank was an elephant habitat. The Minneriya tank dam was […]

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March 5, 2022
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05 Mar

Episode 4 – Yala National Park

TERROR AT THE PARK This incident I am about to tell you occurredon the 15th of October 2007. I waseleven years into my career, having started out in 1996 as a Wildlife Guide, and now a Second-GradeRanger stationed atthe ‘Palatupana’ center atYala National Park. Every year, it is conventional practice to close Yala National Park […]

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March 5, 2022
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05 Mar

Episode 3 – Kaudulla National Park

A Close Call This incident occurred on a Poya day in the month of September 2004, at the ‘KithulUthuwa’ area, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Kaudalla National Park. At the time, my rank was that of ‘Wildlife Ranger Class 1’ of Polonnaruwaunder Kaudalla National Park. After midnight, around 12:45 am, I received word […]

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March 5, 2022
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28 Feb

Episode 2 – Kahalle Pallekele Sanctuary

Chased by a marsh crocodile This incident occurred at the start of my career. The Wilpattu National Park was divided into eight divisions. I had started as a Third Grade Ranger in one of those divisions, called ‘Pomparippuwa’. In those days we were not assigned vehicles for field work by the Sri Lankan government. We […]

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February 28, 2022
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