Have you seen Sloth Bears huddling?
by Jetwing · Published · Updated
Sloth bears inSri Lanka (Melursus ursinus inornatus) is a subspecies of the Sloth Bears inthe world and is found in lowland dry forests in Sri Lanka. The Sri LankanSloth Bear is omnivorous and rarely kills animals. Sri Lankan sloth bears aremostly nocturnal, thus the best times to observe them would be early morningand dusk, feeding and traveling by night, and sleeping in the day. YalaNational Park is a famous place to sight these mammals in Sri Lanka. The besttime to sight sloth bears in Sri Lanka is the “Palu” Season where lots and lotsof Sloth bears huddle up on “Palu” trees and feed on those which is alovely sight to behold – definitely something you should witness at least oncein a lifetime. During May to July, “Palu” (Manilkara hexandra) trees comealive with ripen fruits, spreading its fragrance within the dry zone jungles ofSri Lanka. Palu is known to be one of favourite fruits of Sloth bears as these‘giant black furry lumps’ will climb on top of the trees to spend hoursfeasting on the fruits. Thus “Palu” season is known to be the best time tosight wild sloth bears in their natural habitat in Sri Lanka. Visit Sri Lankaduring May to July if you wish to witness these giant black furry bears!