Yala National Park lies along the semi arid south-eastern coast and is Sri Lanka's most popular leopard park.
The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a subspecies native to Sri Lanka. Classified as endangered the decline is due to threats from poaching and human-leopard conflicts. The Sri Lankan leopard hunts like other leopards, silently stalking its prey until it is within striking distance where it unleashes a burst of speed to quickly pursue and pounce on its victim. Leopards are the most widespread feline and they can be found in Africa, India, Sri Lanka,China, Korea and Siberia