Born and raised in a rural village north of Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, Wicky grew up near a beautiful lake and large rice fields where birds, mammals and reptiles roamed the terrain. He recalls fondly his mother talking about the seasonal call of the Asian koel before they'd lay eggs in a crow’s nest, and the sound of blue-tailed bee-eaters arriving for the winter. Between schoolteacher parents who loved wildlife and the outdoors and an early immersion in the natural environment, he found the influences that led him to be the naturalist he is today.
Wicky initially went to school in Colombo, studying economics, accounting and business. He also took a keen interest in geography and later went on to earn a certificate in marketing. A successful career in sales and marketing for Sri Lankan dairy products taught him about planning, punctuality, teamwork and the power of innovation. Returning to his passion for the environment, Wicky took all those skills to heart in becoming a naturalist. His expertise on the Sri Lankan landscape is vast, having led trips with a focus on birding, leopard sighting, whale watching, primates, butterflies and photography. He has also led heritage tours around his native land. In his spare time, Wicky likes cricket, rugby and motor sports, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Upcoming Adventures with Wicky:
Sri Lanka Wildlife Safari