Shermin de Silva is the President & Founder of Trunks & Leaves Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats through science and education.
She is also a founder and trustee of EFECT, Sri Lanka and a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Her main passion is to find ways for people and wildlife to coexist by understanding and meeting the needs of both.
Shermin obtained her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania, studying the behavior and ecology of Asian elephants and directs the Udawalawe Elephant Research Project in Sri Lanka, which she initiated in 2005.
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