Sri Lanka shows its wildlife online to attract tourists

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COLOMBO, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka Tourism has initiated an online "Go on a Couch Safari" tourism promotion program featuring livestreams of wildlife animals in its popular national parks, local media reported Saturday.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) was quoted as saying in a statement that every year, hundreds of elephants gather at the man-made reservoirs inside the popular Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks in the dry season, creating a breath-taking sight.

"Considered a most beautiful natural phenomenon in the world, this experience will be streamed through SLTPB social media sites and an affiliated website from Minneriya National Park as the first wildlife stream of the series," the SLTPB said.

Minneriya is home to the first recorded twin wild elephants which have become a sensation among wildlife enthusiasts and are expected to draw the attention of thousands of potential wildlife travelers to the country in the near future.

The statement added that the Yala national park is popular for the highest density of leopards in the world, and the Udawalawe National Park is a well-known home for elephants, leopards, sloth bears, water buffalos, and saltwater crocodiles among other species, which roam free in their natural habitats.

"Tourism is an industry that plays a critical role in the economy of Sri Lanka. We need to be ready to bounce back quickly once time is right," said Sri Lanka Tourism chief Kimarli Fernando.

"We will be introducing several crowd sourcing initiatives to amplify the message. There are three ways which anyone can get involved in this national promotional project. We also will be giving away holiday offers to win for overseas viewers," Fernando added.

"This is an opportunity to showcase the amazing biodiversity of the island," Fernando said.

Sri Lanka's tourism industry is among the worst-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected over 7,000 people in the country.

Sri Lanka has reported 15 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. Enditem

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