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The Yala National Park is located amidst rural villages and its boundary has several hundred dairy farmers making a living.
DURATION OF EXCURSION :
MINIMUM 2 HOURS
CINNAMON WILD YALA
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The Yala National Park is located amidst rural villages and its boundary has several hundred dairy farmers making a living. The craftiest predator, the leopard, often flicks young cattle and thus revenge attacks by farmers often create conflict. Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts together with its team of in-house field naturalists deployed a conservation initiative namely, ‘Project Leopard’ to mitigate the issue. Thus far, over 55 steel pens have been donated to dairy farmers to keep their livestock safe at night.
As part of our project we take you to meet a dairy farmer over a cup of Ceylon tea, assist him in his morning chores, help with the collection of milk and enjoy the time spent in the surrounding areas of the Yala National Park. If you are lucky, we may spot one or two elephants, leopards and other wildlife during the expedition.
INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT LEOPARD
An on-going initiative, in its fourth year of operation at Cinnamon Wild Yala, Project Leopard has dual objectives of supporting the livelihoods of cattle farmers while protecting the leopard population living along the boundaries of the Yala National Park. The effort went on to win the Davis Award for Peace in 2014 at the University of Clark, USA.
The team of naturalists based at Cinnamon Wild Yala with the support of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and John Keells Foundation facilitated the launch of Project Leopard. This sustainable initiative was also backed by Jonathan and Angela Scott, Andrew Sabin, Paul Goldstein, Jon McCormack, Nigel Barker, Abercrombie and Kent and many other sponsors.
Inquire from the in house naturalist or front office staff on how you can contribute towards the wellbeing of the local community and Yala’s star attraction; the Leopard.
Excursion Starting point - Cinnamon Wild Yala