Minneriya National Park is a wildlife sanctuary and Minneriya Jeep Safari is one of the most popular activity among travelers who visit Srilanka. The park is an important habitat for the two endemic monkeys of Srilanka; purple-faced langur and toque macaque, large herbivorous mammals such as Sri Lankan sambar deer and Sri Lankan axis deer, rare and endangered species such as Sri Lankan leopard and Sri Lankan sloth bear, the gray slender loris, large water birds such as lesser adjutant, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican, little cormorants, Great white pelican, ruddy turnstone, and grey heron. It is also home to endemic birds such as Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka hanging parrot, brown-capped babbler, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, black-crested bulbul and crimson-fronted barbet, eight species of endemic reptiles, saltwater crocodile, Indian python, Asian water monitor, and Bengal monitors and more. Nature lovers on Minneriya Jeep Safari often spot large number of Srilankan Elephants gathering around in the grass fields.
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