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Elissa Sursara

conservationist, naturalist, writer, explorer

Elissa Sursara is an Australian conservationist, naturalist, explorer and science and environment writer. She has worked from Antarctica to Asia and has written about the environment for several publications including National Geographic, the Huffington Post and the Environmental Investigation Agency. Elissa is the ambassador to the global climate change campaign Earth Hour, charity company Thankyou, Patagonia's 1% for the Planet and Steve and Terri Irwin's Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Elissa will pursue a Master of Biology and is particularly interested in zoology and bioethics. She has a background in direct-action conservation and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).

Elissa has appeared on Animal Planet's Whale Wars, AOL, Totally Wild and more, and has been featured in the Herald Sun, Girlfriend and Cleo's 30 Most Influential People Under 30. Elissa's professional nominations include MTV (Millennial Leader), Intel (Blogger of the Year), PETA (Vegetarian Celebrity) and Cleo Magazine (30 under 30 - awarded).

Elissa uses social media to engage citizen activists in the issues affecting wildlife and the environment.