Hi, I’m Anya

I’m a graduate in Wildlife and Conservation Management from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Global Wildlife Conservation Associate Conservation Scientist.

I am also a Co-Founder and Program Manager of Small Cat Advocacy and Research, and the Founder and Primary Investigator of the Urban Fishing Cat Project, which studies the ecology and conservation of fishing cats in urban habitats.


Ratnayaka, A. (2017). A Dance With Dragons. Loris, Volume 27(5&6), p. 20-21.


Ratnayaka, A. (2016). Small Cats as urban conservation Flagships: the ecology and behaviour or fishing cats in Sri Lanka’s cities. In: Proceedings of the rufford in-country conference Sri lanka. Bio Conservation Society (BCSL), pp. 27.


Ratnayaka, A. (2016). The sound of silence: Lotek WildCell SLG collars. Small Wild Cat Conservation News, Volume 1(2), p. 21.


Ratnayaka, A. (2016). The industrious cat. Small Wild Cat Conservation News, Volume 1(2), p. 12-13.


Mukherjee, S., Appel, A., Duckworth, J.W., Sanderson, J., Dahal, S., Willcox, D.H.A., Herranz Muñoz, V., Malla, G., Ratnayaka, A., Kantimahanti, M., Thudugala, A. & Thaung R. and Rahman, H. (2016). Prionailurus viverrinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18150A50662615.


Ratnayaka, A. (2015). Radio-collaring Fishing Cats in urban wetlands. In: Proceedings of the First International Fishing Cat Conservation Symposium. Fishing Cat Working Group, pp. 34-36.


Understanding the ecology and conservation of fishing cats in urban landscapes of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Ensuring the long term conservation of Sri Lanka’s three small wild cat species, and spreading awareness among the general public.


Bengal Tiger
Golden Lab
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