Yala is the second largest and most popular National Parks in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Southern and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka and is 312 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport via the southern expressway. This densely populated jungle with its distinctly different ecosystems makes it a welcome refuge for many species of rare and endemic fauna and flora. However Yala is most popular for the sighting of Leopard and is known as having one of the highest Leopard densities in the world. Yala showcases 44 species of mammals which includes large herds of Asian Elephants, Leopard, Sloth Bear, the rare Red slender loris and Fishing cat, 47 species of reptiles, 21 species of fresh water fish and 215 species of birds.