Nilanga’s primary focus is on Asian species conservation, particularly elephants, rhinos, tigers and snow leopards, among others. She also has thematic expertise in human-wildlife conflict (HWC) issues across the world, and has worked on HWC issues specific to wildlife in Asia, Africa, North America, South America and the Arctic. She is part of WWF’s core team working on wildlife conservation, and brings a unique global perspective gained from having worked on both terrestrial and marine issues in a number of countries during career.
Along with her work for WWF, Nilanga has volunteered for organizations like Ewaso Lions, a lion conservation organization in northern Kenya that addresses human-carnivore conflict through research and community engagement, and has worked on okapi conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the prestigious Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program.
Nilanga started her professional career as a journalist, but found her true calling in biodiversity conservation. Originally from Sri Lanka, Nilanga now lives in the US and is thrilled that her work helps to save the world’s wild elephants, especially in her home region.