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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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10 Jan

Episode 1 – Wilpattu National Park

My encounter with an elephant  As I recall, this incident occurred in February 1984. Our mission was to capture an elephant in theGalgamuwa, Ras Vehera region, then transport it to a different location after loading it into a truck. I was a recruit with nearly two years of experience. Prior to this mission, my work […]

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January 10, 2022
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