Mammals - There are 44 species of mammals are living in Yala National Park. Elephant, leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Wild water buffalo, Toque Macaque, Golden Palm civet, Red slender loris, Fishing cat are few of the mammals that can be seen in Yala.
Reptile - There are 46 species and five of them are endemic. They are Sri Lankan Krait, Boulenger's keelback, Sri Lankan flying snake, Painted-lip lizard and Wiegmann's agama. And also Mugger crocodile, Saltwater crocodile, Indian cobra, Russell's viper are some of reptiles in Yala.
Five globally endangered sea turtles visit the coastal line of the park.
Butterflies, Amphibians, birds, fish species are the other animals living in the park.
Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara are the important pilgrim sites, that situated in the Yala park.
The best period to see the animals is during the January to May dry season. And Dawn and dusk are the best times of day to see animals.
The park is accessible from the coastal highway Colombo - Bentota - Unawatuna - Galle - Tissamaharama. The main gate is at Palatupana, 20 km from Tissamaharama. And also another gate is on the Kataragama - Situpahuwa road.