Elissa Sursara is an Australian biologist, National Geographic blogger and explorer working on behalf of endangered species, threatened habitats and all animals in crisis. Having studied some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species, Elissa has reported on wildlife and the environment in every corner of the planet.
In 2012, at the invitation of mentor and sea shepherd founder captain paul watson, elissa joined the m/y Steve Irwin on a five-month mission to antarctica that saw 932 whales saved from whaling in the southern ocean. Later, Elissa joined Sea Shepherd’s prestigious board of advisors alongside actor pierce brosnan, primatologist Dr Birute Galdikas, model Brigitte Bardot and actor and philanthropist Sean Penn.
In 2014, Elissa joined the national geographic as a writer for the award-winning news blog, news watch.
Elissa is the ambassador to the world wildlife fund’s earth hour alongside supermodel miranda kerr, australia zoo’s wildlife warriors alongside the veronicas, and for 1% for the planet alongside musician jack johnson. Elissa is also the ambassador of cruelty-free beauty brand, ecotan.
A television personality, Elissa is a cast member on animal planet’s whale wars and appears frequently as a guest in international media. Today, Elissa boasts a following of more than 500,000 people – and growing. She is one of the most popular and influential australians on social media.
Elissa is affiliated with companies and organisations looking to make a difference through science, travel, education and media.
Elissa advocates a positive balance between humans and the environment, and her subscribers enjoy following her updates in the field and on the road. Elissa shares her journey to promote sustainable and eco-friendly travel through photography, research, and media correspondence and by blogging and updating her keen subscribers on social media.
Elissa’s merits include recurring nominations by Peta as their sexiest vegetarian celebrity, the Earth Hour Awards, a nomination from Intel and Pedestrian TV as their 2013 blogger of the year and mtv Australia as their youth millennial leader. She has been featured in several magazines, including Girlfriend.