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Our nature interpreter Sameera at our Wilpattu campsite

Hailing from the Cultural City of Anuradhapura, Sameera comes from a family who are longstanding farmers. Despite his family being occupied in the farming industry, young Sameera was always a keen wildlife enthusiast. Holding over a decade of experience as a naturalist in many parks around the country, Sameera has an Advanced Diploma in Ecology from the University of Colombo and he’s completed many courses by the Young Explorers Society, whilst he currently reads for his Advanced Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from the University of Colombo.

Sameera is a dedicated and passionate naturalist, which is further cemented by his lifetime membership at the Royal Society of Protection of Birds in the UK. His eagerness to be with nature has brought him to his current position of Nature Interpreter in our Wilpattu campsite. Sameera is one of the six members of his family, and he lives with his parents and sister whilst serving in our Wilpattu campsite.


Our policy in discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

Animals Are Friends Too: Discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

We at ExJ stay away from tourism experiences that are staged and involve animal cruelty and shopping traps that are contrived to exploit and deceive clients.

Even though some of the popular ‘attractions’ are not included in our programmes due to the above reasons, we have no objections in our clients making their own arrangements with our Drivers to visit these places.


Why we do not promote following attractions


Turtle Hatcheries

As this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation, we do not encourage our visitors to patronize the turtle hatcheries, as not all of them are really turtle-friendly. We instead encourage them to observe turtles in their natural habitats.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

When we became aware that the animal welfare standards there were questionable, we stopped encouraging our clients to visit the orphanage. We are pleased to observe that the Born Free Foundation has now adopted similar measures.

Elephant back rides – Habarana

There’s uncertainty surrounding the attitude of this place towards animal welfare. There may be a few ethical operators, but in general, we are not in agreement with how the place is run. We all would love a photo of us riding an elephant, but is a lifetime of pain caused to these magnificent mammals really worth a few fleeting likes on social media?

Traditional Village Tour with a Canoe Trip and Bullock-Carts – Habarana

This is a tourist trap where a lot of the trip is ‘staged’ for commercial purposes. Such fake touristic experiences will not give our visitors an idea of what life in the country is really like, so join us as we show you the real side of Sri Lanka. And at the end of every vacation, always ask yourself, “Did you feel that your holiday was ethical, eco-friendly, and reduced environmental impacts?”

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