What an awesome article by Gehan De Silva Wijeyeratne….
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne has played a pivotal role in branding Sri Lanka for its wildlife using a blend of writing, photography, business acumen, media skills and science. He has explained that the island’s combination of easy to see charismatic large land mammals, outstanding whale watching and disproportionate species richness on land and sea, compactness and tourism infrastructure, gives it a strong claim to be the best all-round wildlife destination for commercial wildlife tourism.This claim was preceded by the claim that for commercial wildlife tourism, the island was the best for big game safaris outside Africa. Gehan has played a key role in the research and development of many of the building blocks for these claims.
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne is responsible for establishing through field work, articles and media activism some of the biggest wildlife tourism stories of international significance. These include; * Sri Lanka is the ‘Best for Blue Whale’, the largest animal that has lived on the planet and was hard to see and film until he began a media blitz in May 2008. * Sri Lanka offers the best chance to see a super-pod of Sperm Whales on a commercial whale watch. * Sri Lanka has the biggest annually recurring concentration of wild elephants (‘The Elephant Gathering’). * Sri Lanka is one of the best places to see and photograph leopards. * Sri Lanka offers the best chance to see a Blue Whale and a Sperm Whale on the same sailing. Books he has written and photographed include Wild Sri Lanka (John Beaufoy Publishing), Sri Lankan Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides) and two photographic guides to the Mammals and Birds of Sri Lanka respectively with New Holland Publishers. He can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn and Flickr.
This article unveils an internationally significant story. It quantifies how the species per unit area in Sri Lanka is unexpectedly anything from 5 to 13 times higher for certain species groups, than predicted by island biogeography in comparison to other large tropical islands such as Borneo, New Guinea and Madagascar.
Sri Lanka is a puzzle: it has large animals which a moderately sized island should not have. In fact it has the highest annually recurring concentration of wild elephants and possibly the highest density of leopards. Unusually for a continental island, large whales are close to shore (best for Blue Whale and super-pods of Sperm Whales).
This article is the first to provide a cohesive explanation in plain English as to how planetary physics, evolutionary forces and human factors have worked, almost as if with a design to create a wildlife super-rich island;
So Is Sri Lanka the best wildlife watching destination? You can decide after you read the article.
To read the article click on Sri Lanka Super Rich Wildlife