Our Team

"Since we humans have the better brain, isn't it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from, oddly enough, ourselves?"

RAVI PERERA - CEO and FOUNDER
A wildlife photographer for over four decades, and a Crime Scene Investigator for over 25 years, Ravi is a CSI instructor and also handles electronic investigations.  His passion for travel has taken him to six continents and into the wilds of Africa and Sri Lanka.
Favorite animal: Rhino.

IRESHA PERERA - SRI LANKA ADMINISTRATOR

Administrator by profession, Iresha has visited Kenya and has been one of the fortunate few to visit the last North African Male White Rhino - Sudan.  A wildlife lover for many decades, she possesses a good knowledge of birding. 

BRENDA PATINO - SOCIAL MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR 

Majored in Film and Public Relations to fulfill her passion of capturing moments and interacting with people and animals. She loves to express herself in creative ways and help others as she does it.

Favorite animal: Giraffe

NATASHA RATHNAYAKE - WILDLIFE AMBASSADOR

Well known award winning entertainer and singer, Natasha would prefer to be surrounded by nature and the wild when she is not entertaining large audiences on stage.  A lover of wild life, she has lived in both Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Favorite animal: Lion

ASHANI HANGAWATTA - TRAINING ASSISTANT & TRANSLATOR

A Zoology graduate currently working as a Research Assistant with Small Cat Advocacy and Research (SCAR), and also a volunteer Veterinary Assistant attached with the National Zoological Gardens in Sri Lanka, and is strongly passionate about wildlife conservation and management.

Favorite animal: Tiger

LINDA CROCE - ADMINISTRATOR
An educator for 34 years, Linda serves on several committees and boards in her community.  She is a wildlife lover and fell in love with both Kenya and Sri Lanka on her first visit to the countries.  Her favorite place is the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Favorite animal: Cheetah.

DR. RISHI GUNASINGHE - LIAISON OFFICER, SRI LANKA

Patent Technology Specialist by profession and a wildlife photographer, conservationist, and nature lover by passion, Rishi has served the Federation of Environmental Organizations as a Trustee.  One of her photographs was chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Editor's Choice Award.

Favorite animal: Asian Elephant

KAMANTHI WICKRAMASINGHE -  SRI LANKA MEDIA

CO-ORDINATOR

A recipient of the Zonta woman of Achievement Award, Journalism Award for Excellence, and the Michael Konig Young Journalist Bursary at the Cannes lions International Festival of Creativity, Kamanthi is a journalist in Sri Lanka.

MAGDA PEREZ - CSI FINGERPRINT CO-ORDINATOR
With over 29 years in law enforcement, Magda is an expert in latents, and catching the bad guys.  An animal lover for many years, she is looking forward to visiting the wilds of Kenya in November.
Favorite animal: Elephant.

LISA MANESH PRAKASH - EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR

Originally from North Carolina, Lisa has been travelling the world since 15.  A retired educator, and a former exchange student to Sri Lanka, which was where her love for wildlife originated.

Favorite animal: Asian Elephant.

The Forensics Advisory Committee

HEATHER HAWKINS HEIDER

Former Forensic Supervisor

Santa Ana Police Department, California

ELIZABETH THOMPSON LLOYD

DNA Laboratory Director (Retired)

Orange County Crime Laboratory, California 

KELLY AYERS

Regional Forensic Specialist

lynn Peavey company

ZACK KOWALSKE

Chief Forensic Advisor/CEO

Delta-5 Laboratories, Georgia

CHELSEY COVERT

Forensic Specialist

Orange County Crime Laboratory, California

LURENA HUFFMAN

Crime Scene Unit Supervisor

Houston Forensic Science Center, Texas

STACEY JOHNSON

CCBI Agent

City-County Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina

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