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"Come here, darling..."

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Elephants rule in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian Elephant, and native to Sri Lanka. Since 1986, Elephas maximus has been listed as endangered by IUCN as the population has declined by at least 50% over the last three generations. The species is pre-eminently threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.

Still an important cultural symbiosis has continued to exist between the elephant and humans for over two thousand years – no religious procession is complete without elephants, and many large Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka still have their own elephants.

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Anuradhapura is one of South-East Asia's most magnificent ancient sites. The sprawling complex of the ancient city contains countless pagodas (one of them is visible in this picture), brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples.

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"Aww,you're workin with it now
You got me feelin' so good
just look to the sun now baby
ummmmm..."

(Slim Harpo)

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