Surya is academically an engineer from Chennai who later pursued his passion into the wild. His jungle journey that commenced in the forests of Satpura at Forsyths, started as an intern and then later turned into a full-time naturalist. His love for wildlife and eagerness to learn led him exploring India’s special and rare mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies. His continued undying passion and dedication led him to be awarded the prestigious TOfT award for the year 2016. He believes that the key to sustainable ecotourism is to keep the locals at the helm. He currently is working on setting up wildlife lodges in Ladakh in the trans-Himalayas with snow leopard and other lesser fauna present there as the focus.