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 would 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, Wicky found the influences that led him to become the naturalist he is today.
Wicky initially went to school in Colombo, studying economics, accounting
and business. He also had a keen interest in geography. Eventually, he earned 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 applied all those skills to a new career as a naturalist guide. His expertise on the Sri Lankan landscape and its wildlife-rich ecosystems is
vast. He has led trips focused on birding, leopard, whale watching, primates, butterflies
and photography. He has also led cultural 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