Student Project | Symbiosis on the Sri Pada | Kexin Zhang & Tianchen Zhang & Lu Xie & Zhizhi Wang

Sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, Sri Pada in South Central Sri Lanka is championed by its footprints like mountain-top boulders and towering elevations. The mountain is under intense environmental pressure as thousands of pilgrim flock to the site. The continuous pilgrimages over the years are causing serious damages to the ecosystem of the Sacred Foot Mountain, putting the amphibian toad at risk. There are two main reasons why toads are endangered: one is the influx of pilgrims into Sri Pada, which affects the mating grounds. The other is the destruction of the sacred mountain’s ecosystem where its waterways are so polluted that it is difficult for toads

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