By day, I'm a researcher at the Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL), where I study wild cats of all shapes and sizes. At the moment, I'm studying the fishing cats found in Colombo's urban wetlands. For more about my research, visit my blog. Interested in funding my work? Get in touch!


By night, I'm a wildlife artist and I love drawing using a technique calling stippling, a style of ink drawing which involves the use of a single colour to create an image, using small distinct dots. The idea behind this is to use dots to create the tones, shades and contrasts that bring a piece to life.



Oya the fishing cat is one of the many adult fishing cats living at the Aspinall Foundation.

Reference photograph by Neville Buck.

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Also known as the tiger cat, little spotted cat and tigrillo, the oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) is a small spotted cat native to the tropical rainforests and montane regions of Central and South America. …



An intimate drawing of two lions (Panthera leo) squashing a cub lovingly to death. Being the second largest living cat in the world, wild lions currently exist in sub-Sahara Africa and Asia, where …



Harry is a Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa). These intermediate cats are listed as Vulnerable under C1+2a(i) in the IUCN Red List ver 3.1 and are found mainly in the Himalayan foothills in Nepal through mainland …



This is Tara – a Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia). Snow leopards are listed as Endangered under C1 in the IUCN Red List ver 3.1. The species is restricted to the high mountains of Central Asia, …



Ryuk, a Sri Lankan Leopard was photographed in Yala, I believe in 2006. Not really sure though. He reminded me of the Shinigami Ryuk in Death Note, though I doubt he likes apples!

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Ned is a semi-independent/newly independent sub adult leopard. The area in which he was found is shared with another leopard (Jack), so I assume that they are related in some way. What I love about …



One of my best friends has been wanting a dog all her life. Unfortunately she has yet to succeed in convincing her folks to let a four legged fiend run riot in their …



I loved this piece of reference picture and just had to draw it. It’s basically a jackal (Canis aureus naria) trotting away from a leopard (P.p. kotiya) kill once it realised the that the leopard …



Maalu (Sinhala for fish) was an orphaned Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus). This species is listed as Endangered under section A2cd+4cd of the IUCN Red List ver 3.1. They are widely distributed, though concentrated in wetland …


Baba Kotiya

This guy has a pretty cool story. This is what Rukshan has to say about him, since he pretty much watched this guy grow up.

Most easily identified by the arc of …



Caesar, a Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) was seen and photographed down the Akasachaitiya Road (towards Buthuwa Spill). I had seen him a few weeks earlier. Hie and his brother were fast …



This Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is Charlie. I met him for the first time on one of my park rounds. He was with his sister at the time. Two young leopards, …



Carp is a beautiful Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) who was seen rolling on the dew-soaked grass. Later on that day we witnessed her chase after a pair of Jackals (Canis aureus …


Blue-footed Booby

The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii). Its name is derived from the Spanish term “bobo” which means stupid, clown or fool, because these birds are rather clumsy in nature on land as well as …



The Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) according to molecular markers (Miththapala et al. (1996) and Uphyrkina et al. (2001)) have the closest relationship to the Indian Leopard (Panthera pardus fusca). The IUCN …


Bengal Tiger in Mid Yawn

The Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is crazy, huge and extremely stripey. These cats are the largest of the genus Panthera and are categorized as Endangered [A2bcd+4bcd; C1+2a(i)] under the IUCN Red List …


African Leopard Profile

African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus). To me leopards are by far the most gorgeous big cats, trumping even the tiger. I have seen both species in the wild, and though tigers ARE gorgeous, …


Leopard on Acacia Tree

Another African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus). The IUCN Red List ver 3.1, categorizes African Leopards as Near Threatened. How I hated tree bark after completing this picture. Managed to pull it off though. …



Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) are awesome. Not only do they look odd with their long necks (Gerenuk means “giraffe-necked” in Somali), but they are the only member of the genus Litocranius. When I first …


Grant’s Gazelle (male)

Grant’s Gazelles (Nanger granti).

I started drawing it out of … well… I don’t really know. Twenty wildlife students were being taken to South Africa from campus and I was one of …



This is Biscuit, an Australian Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea). This species is one of the largest in Australia. When I first came across Biscuit, I had already labelled him a serial killer.


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