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“Endangered Species Day”
A day to educate ourselves on how to save our habitat

Born into a land with natural habitat and been fortunate enough to live and endure what nature has to offer, we as Sri Lankans have a responsibility to take care of our Mother Nature. On the 19th of May the world celebrates “Endangered Species Day”. We could take this as an opportunity to educate ourselves on the importance of protecting our Endangered Species. This day was initially hosted in 2006 by the United States Congress; Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places.

Every year on the third Friday in May zoos, aquariums, parks, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other organizations throughout the country hold tours, special speaker presentations, exhibits, children’s activities and more to celebrate Endangered Species Day.

Endangered species of Sri Lanka

Let’s run through a few of our endangered species here in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Asian Elephants

The Sri Lankan subspecies is the largest and also the darkest of the Asian elephants, with patches of depigmentation—areas with no skin color—on its ears, face, trunk and belly. Once found throughout the tear-shaped island at the bottom of India’s southern tip, these elephants are now being pushed into smaller areas as development activities clear forests and disrupt their ancient migratory routes.

Fact - The Asian elephant has been domesticated for centuries; it is intelligent and docile when well treated.

Blue Whales

The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever Lived on earth. It can weigh up to 136,400 kg and grow as long as 34 m (110'). It has a slim outline, especially in the winter, although it fattens in the summer. The tiny dorsal fin is set well to the rear of the body. 55 - 68 flexible throat grooves run along half the body length. Its coloration is mainly pale blue-gray.

Fact - The blue whale is bigger than 25 elephants; bigger than a Brontosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus rex combined.

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Nillu Rat

This species is endemic to Sri Lanka in Central and Uva provinces, restrcited to four highly fragmented locations (knuckles, Horton Plains, Nuwara Eliya and Ohiya) in the central highlands (Phillips 1980, Molur et al. 2005, D. Wickramasinghe in litt. 2005, W.L.D.P.T.S. de A. Goonatilake in litt. 2005).

Fact - It occurs at elevations from 1,320 to 2,310 m asl (Molur et al. 2005).

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Purple-faced Leaf Monkey

The purple-faced leaf monkey, is a species of Old World monkey that is endemic to Sri Lanka. The animal is a long-tailed arboreal species, identified by a mostly brown appearance, dark face and a very shy nature.

Fact - The species was once highly prevalent, found in suburban Colombo and the "wet zone" villages but rapid urbanization has led to a significant decrease in the population level of the monkeys.

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Sri Lankan Long-tailed Shrew

The Sri Lankan long-tailed shrew is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is endemic to Sri Lanka and threatened by habitat loss. It's restricted to the high-elevation habitats of the Central Highlands.

Fact - The Sri Lankan Long-tailed Shrew’s tail is brown and longer than head and body combined.

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So let’s start by making small changes this year by educating ourselves about our Endangered Species and making an initiative to reserve them for our future generation.

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