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Looking for Loris

I've just come back from a few days in Nuwara Eliya with Gehan, the CEO of Jetwing Eco Tourism, looking for, and trying to photograph, the very rare Mountain Loris. It's one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world, so, not surprisingly, we didn't find any. We spent 2 nights shining red torches up into trees watching for eyes shining back at us, but nothing appeared.

At almost 2000m, Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka which means that it actually gets cold at night - it's quite odd to be in a completely different climate just a few hours after leaving Colombo. Jetwing kindly put me up in St Andrew's Hotel and jumping into bed at the end of a Loris watch I was surprised to find a hot water bottle in there! Still, it was a very pleasant trip - apart from the appalling roads in the area - and we did manage to spend some time in Horton Plains National Park after dark looking for the elusive Loris but instead found Sambar deer sticking their heads in through the car windows looking for sandwiches.

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