About this author
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne is one of Sri Lanka's most high-profile wildlife personalities. In the words of British TV naturalist Bill Oddie, “no single individual has done so much to brand a country for its wildlife”. A graduate from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London, he has been passionate about Sri Lanka’s wildlife since the age of three when he went on his first leopard safari in Yala. He has authored and photographed over 300 articles for national and international newspapers and magazines on Sri Lankan biodiversity, travel and business topics. He had had 15 books published. He branded the elephant gathering and introduced the concepts of leopard and dragonfly safaris in Sri Lanka. He also publicised Sri Lanka as best for blue whale, as the best chance for seeing a super-pod of sperm whales on a whale-watching trip and publicised Kalpitiya as a third whale-watching hot spot. His media campaign in 2008 for ‘Best of Blue’ was responsible for the rapid establishment and growth of whale watching in Sri Lanka.