With the reopening of Yala National Park this month, this is a reminder to please abide by the park rules. Visitors and drivers seem to forget that this is a WILD ANIMAL Park, and not a zoo.
Prior to the park closing in September, there were continuous issues with the over-friendly elephant that approached the vehicles. Several of the drivers started feeding this elephant, and visitors followed suit. Then it got to the point that the elephant started getting bolder and started rummaging through the contents of the jeep with his trunk. Then, at one point, an automatic weapon was fired into the air to scare the elephant away.
If this continues, this elephant will hurt somebody, and eventualy be shot...and I am sure that none of us want that.
Please DO NOT LET YOUR DRIVER STOP NEAR THE ELEPHANT so that you can feed him or take close up pics. Not only is this a violation which will get you arrested, it could get YOU seriously hurt or killed, and the elephant soon after. DO NOT GET OUT ON FOOT....this is getting more and more common when leopards and elephants are spotted. These animals can easily outrun a human being, and reach you within seconds.
Take a look at the videos below and you will spot the many violations....and when the drivers can easily drive away, they choose to stay and put everybody in harms way.