This is the blog of journalist, Lonely Planet author and photographer Stuart Butler. It features news and travel updates from the regions in which Stuart works, including northeast Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan), Yemen and Sri Lanka.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Sri Lanka: National Park Closures

  I can't see any elephants anywhere because there's something stuck to the windscreen - photo Stuart Butler

Over the weekend of August 11th-13th all national parks in Sri Lanka will be closed to visitors as the island conducts its first ever countrywide elephant census. Prior to this cenusus nobody has ever really had anything more than a hazy idea about the number of elephants found in Sri Lanka. If you want to help out on the census the excellent Ecotours Sri Lanka are offering five volunteers the chance to get involved. See for more.

If you're visiting Sri Lanka in the next few weeks remember that many of the parks are in fact closed anyway due to the monsoon making the dirt roads in the parks unuseable.

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