In Front of a Tusker

Unlike in other national parks in Sri Lanka, elephants in Yala are known to be friendlier. Perhaps the park is far away from human habitats, and there are almost no "confrontations" with villagers to create an anguish in them over human beings.

Therefore, whenever a regular Yala safari driver spots an animal, be it an elephant, a leopard or a bear, he drives towards it rather than getting away or keeping a safe distance! It took me a while to get used to this reaction, which is very much against conventional wisdom.

This is a frame from a video which I recorded from the front seat of an open top Land Rover, with few hopes of living to watch it afterwards. ;-)

From the set Yala National Park - March, 2006.

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