June - Sloth Bear Season in Yala and Wasgamuva

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Also commonly referred to as the Stickney bear or labiated bear, sloth bears in Sri Lanka are a subspecies that reside in the country's lush forests. Black in colour and with a thick, heavy coat of fur, the Sri Lankan sloth bear is similar in nature to the sun bear and can be spotted at certain lowland areas of the country including Yala National Park and Wasgomuva. The best season to sight these beautiful animals is during the month of June, when they can be observed in their natural habitat. Dawn and dusk are the best times for sloth bear sightings, apart from at night. Sadly, Sri Lankan sloth bears are a highly-threatened species due to deforestation and habitat loss, with its wild population numbering as less than 500. Conservation efforts and protection are essential for the Sri Lankan sloth bears' survival.