About Me

Hey hey! I'm Jessleena (or Jessie/Jess) Suri from New Delhi, India but I'm technically a citizen of the world. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I'll explain. 

My father's a diplomat so I've lived my whole life moving around from country to country. I was born in New Delhi but soon after, we moved to Washington D.C. where we lived for four years. After that my dad was posted to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I'd say that it was here that I gained my love for nature. Every kid loves their animals to an extent, but living in Tanzania cemented that passion for me. I was only 7 or 8 at the time, I wish I'd been older so that I could have appreciated it more, but I have a bunch of early memories of safaris in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, snorkelling in Zanzibar, sightings of a cheetah chasing it's kill and the great migration - truly priceless experiences. I may have been too young to really cherish them but they've never left me. After Tanzania, we moved to London for four years. Over there, geography became my favourite subject and the environmentalist in me may have been born. From London we went back home to Delhi for just over two years. In India, the animal rights activist in me came out as I tried to adopt all the stray animals in my neighbourhood. But it was when we moved to Johannesburg, South Africa that the deal was sealed. After my dad's three years in Jo'burg were up and they moved back to Delhi, I decided to stay on in the country and study at the University of Cape Town. I've now been in South Africa for five years, the longest I've ever lived in one country, and I like to say that I'm an honorary South African (though always Indian at heart!). 

It's obvious from this blog that animals, nature, conservation and climate change are my passions. I'd call myself a naturalist/conservationist/environmentalist in the making, but I'm still pretty confused. I'm pursuing quite a broad and flexible degree at the moment. Technically it's a BSc in Ecology and Evolution and Applied Biology (double major), but there's bits of environmental science, zoology, botany, marine biology and oceanography in there so speak to me in a couple of years and I'll tell you what it ends up as. In the mean time, this blog is my outlet where I share the things I care about :)

And that is me in a nutshell. Toodles!