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Sloth Bear

These cute bears are best seen during the palu fruit season!


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The sloth bear is the only bear species to be found in Sri Lanka. It lives mainly in lowland dry forests feeding on nuts, berries and insects. It rarely kills animals. Yala and Wasgomuwa National Parks are famous places to spot these mammals in Sri Lanka. These bears are considered to be most elusive among the "big five" animals, therefore your best chance to see them is when they are looking for their favourite snack - palu fruit, hence now.

Sloth bear an endangered animal, with a population less than 1000 individuals. Decreasing of dry forests is the main threat for sloth bear, because it depends on it for its food source.

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