"In an area not larger than Bavaria, Sri Lanka contains an unusual variety of landscapes - each spectacular and unique. Coral reefs and cloud forest, mangrove and upland savannas, salt marshes and rainforests support a variety of animals that would be enough for a whole continent. 50 of the 70 native species of snakes and other reptiles can be found only here. Also most species of frogs, of hundreds freshwater fish and many birds species are endemic, as well as over 3000 plants. If they die out here, they would have disappeared forever from earth. So far, so typical of a tropical island. But atypical for an island are the big mammals. Nowhere else in the world can you see so many wild elephants. Also leopards can be observed here better than anywhere else, even the elusive sloth bears may be spotted."
translated from the German article of “Merian” at
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