The Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It consists of five blocks.It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies within the Southern and Uva Provinces. Yala was designated as a national park in 1938, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic to Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.