I’ve never sat and chatted with a Disneynature Ambassador before so at first I was just in awe of his job. This guy has done a little bit of everything.
DR. M. SANJAYAN (Disneynature Ambassador) is executive vice president and senior scientist for Conservation International. The global conservation scientist, writer and Emmy®-nominated news contributor focuses on the connection between nature and human well-being. He serves on Conservation International’s senior leadership team as executive vice president and senior scientist.
Sanjayan holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a research faculty appointment at the University of Montana.
Sanjayan is the host of “EARTH A New Wild,” the 2015 PBS television series. Filmed in 29 countries and produced by National Geographic and Passion Pictures, the series reveals how humans are inextricably linked with wild nature
Dr. M Sanjayan spoke with us about growing up in Sri Lanka as a kid. In fact, at his birthday party when he was 6 Monkeys came and stole HIS birthday cake echoing a scene from the upcoming Monkey Kingdom film. Can you imagine? Talk about a sad little boy, but a few happy little monkeys!
As we were chatting about the social structure of the Monkey Kingdom he likened to two of my favorite shows: “Think Downton Abbey PLUS Game of Thrones in the jungle. Which is kind of an interesting way to look at it and makes me even more fascinated to learn more about the macaque monkeys in Monkey Kingdom.
One thing Dr. M Sanjayan is passionate about is conservation.
How Can YOU Help
See Monkey Kingdom opening week (April 17 – 23) and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to protect
monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Projects support programs across Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
Conservation International will:
1) Protect monkeys and other endangered species
2) Save and restore forest habitats
3) Partner with and support local communities
Further activities in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Indonesia will include researching, rescuing and rehabilitating monkeys, patrolling protected areas which serve as important habitats for monkeys and other species, planting trees
and supporting community education and forest-friendly jobs.
REMEMBER Monkey Kingdom Releases 4/17!