About Us

Protecting and conserving Sri Lanka’s small wild cats, small mammals, and their habitats, through conservation and research.


Established in 2017, Small Cat Advocacy and Research (SCAR) is a non-profit organisation dedicated towards the protection of Sri Lanka’s lesser understood small wild cats, and small mammals.

Our focus is to gain a better understanding of the three species through conservation and research, and use the knowledge gained to conserve the species throughout the island by working closely with communities, stakeholders and government authorities. Our awareness campaigns on the three small wild cats will ensure wider reach and educate the general public that these lesser-known species are just as important as their larger cousin (i.e. the Sri Lankan leopard).


Board of Directors and Advisory Committee

SASIRU WIJERATHNE

BOARD MEMBER

LAUREL KLEIN SERIEYS, PhD

ADVISOR
TELEMETRY AND URBAN ECOLOGY

DEVAN SEWELL

ADVISOR
FUNDRAISING AND SMALL WILD CAT HUSBANDRY

JIM SANDERSON, PhD

ADVISOR
FUNDRAISING AND SMALL WILD CAT HUSBANDRY

Field Conservation and Research

ANYA RATNAYAKA

URBAN WILDLIFE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
FOUNDER AND PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR: URBAN FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT

ASHAN THUDUGALA

CARNIVORE CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
FOUNDER AND PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR: SAVE FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT

ASHANI HANGAWATTA

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR: WILD CAT FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA VISUS STUDY

MADURANGA RANAWEERA

FIELD TECHNICIAN
URBAN FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT

BUDDHIKA WEERAKOON

FIELD TECHNICIAN
SAVE FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT

Engagement and Awareness

ANJALLEE PRABHAKARAN

CONSERVATION COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

SACHIN PERERA

SNARING CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

Interns and Volunteers

JAMES CRESSWELL

VOLUNTEER
SAVE FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT

SAYURU IMESH

INTERN
URBAN FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT
Student: BSc (Hons) in Information Technology, SLIIT

AMAVIN MENDIS

INTERN
URBAN FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT
Student: BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology, SLIIT