Sanjay Gubbi was interested in nature and wildlife conservation since high school days. He involved himself in local conservation initiatives in his hometown Tumkur and later pursued wildlife conservation as a professional career. His interests lie in conservation science, policies and outreach aspects of conservation. His research interests are in better understanding human-wildlife interactions. He is one of the few in the country with a scientific background and a strong understanding of the socio-economic and political aspects of wildlife conservation. He focuses on working with wide cross-section of people including policy makers, media persons and social leaders on the need for wildlife conservation, focusing mainly on tiger and elephant conservation in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.