Kaudulla became Sri Lanka’s fifteenth national park in 2002. It had been part of the sixteen-reservoir irrigation system built during the reign of King Mahasena (275 AD to 301 AD).
Ceylon elephants (Elephas maximus maximus), like other Asian elephants, are intelligent and self-aware (in an experiment conducted at the Bronx Zoo, scientists established that Asian elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror).
Rangers have counted over two hundred wild elephants at this twenty-seven-square-mile park just 120 miles (192 kilometers) from Colombo.
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