Hurulu Eco-park

Hurulu Forest Reserve was designated as a biosphere reserve in 1977 and park covers an area of 10,000 hectares. The forest reserve is a very important habitat of the elephant. Elephants often use this reserve during the wet moths of the year due to the abundance of their favorite food; tall grass. Despite the overwhelming presence of tall Iluk and guinea grasses, which are considered invasive weeds but have become useful sources of food for elephants. The Hurulu forest reserve represents the dry-zone dry evergreen forests and is decorated with a number of dry zone large trees, such as satinwood, palu and ebony. There are many other protected areas situated around Hurulu Forest Reserve. Ritigala strict nature reserve, Minneriya and Kaudulla National parks and Mahaweli flood plains nature reserves, therefore elephants have free movements of few protected areas. In addition to the herds of elephants, many species of birds, especially few species of raptors, can also be observed in the park.

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