Identified by a Spanish cartographer in 1560, proclaimed a reserve in 1900 and approved as a park in 1938, the Yala National Park is the most visited in Sri Lanka and for good reason. Why? Simply put, it has one of the highest concentration of leopards in the world, roughly 1 per sq km. Cats are some of the most impressive land predators, but leopards, are just amazing. Incredibly beautiful and powerful, leopards are considered to be the strongest big cat for its size, capable of aerial leaps of 6m (20ft) and dragging prey up a tree, 3x its body weight. Needless to say, they are serious. After arriving at the park entrance before sunrise, we were met by the morning Wal-Mart greeter on pride rock, as seen here. An exceptional sight to start your morning. If you're in the area or are considering in visiting Sri Lanka, please ensure Yala National Park is checked off on your to do list; you will not regret it.