Located on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park is not only a diverse ecological environment, it is also famous for its numerous rare and precious wildlife. The ecological diversity here comes in many forms including humid monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi-deciduous forests, dry tropical forests, grasslands, beaches, rivers, lakes, swamps and scrubland. The park is home to a large number animals native to Sri Lanka. Groups of hooded cranes inhabit the ponds. Crocodiles, peacocks and monkeys are all commonly seen animals. Visitors seek out sights such as Indian sloth bears, leopards, Asian elephants, water buffalo, wild boar and deer.