Surane has dedicated his career to working on content that educates viewers on wildlife protection and gives animals a voice.
"Animal Sanctuaries" produced by Surane Weerasinghe and Philipa Budge, premiered at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York. The documentary series features ten diverse refuges across America, introducing the people behind them, showcasing how the organizations operate, and exposing the hardships these animals have endured.
In the first episode linked here, we visit a 42 acre refuge in Gainesville, Florida, where Kari Bagnall has roughly 300 monkeys in her care. Many had been kept as pets, both legally and illegally. Others had been used in show business, forced into training and performing for the sole purpose of entertaining humans. And then there are those monkeys used as subjects in laboratories for scientific experiments, from iron toxicity testing to research on cocaine. Their lives have not been easy, but with food, shelter, companionship, and a lot of love, Kari has done her best to provide them with a sense of peace.
Surane is currently a Digital Content Producer at Love Nature International, where he creates videos that bring viewers closer to nature with awe-inspiring stories from around the world. He also hosts the podcast Dog Stories. If you have a story that Surane might be able to help tell, want to share a furry tail on his "pawdcast", or simply need advice from the world's best dog-dad, shoot Surane a direct message.