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Leopard Spotting, Sri Lanka

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You’ll find one of the highest populations of leopards at Yala National Park, in southeastern Sri Lanka. While these gorgeous big cats also live in sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, and even Russia, Yala has the only population that’s considered the top of its local food chain, with about 350 roaming the park. Safari trips with groups like Mahoora Mobile Safari Camps can get you close enough to count each leopard’s spots. You’ll also have a chance to see nonfeline species like sloth bears, spotted deer, and a variety of crocodiles. —Matt Haber

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Leopard Spotting, Sri Lanka

You’ll find one of the highest populations of leopards at Yala National Park, in southeastern Sri Lanka. While these gorgeous big cats also live in sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, and even Russia, Yala has the only population that’s considered the top of its local food chain, with about 350 roaming the park. Safari trips with groups like Mahoora Mobile Safari Camps can get you close enough to count each leopard’s spots. You’ll also have a chance to see nonfeline species like sloth bears, spotted deer, and a variety of crocodiles. —Matt Haber

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