Who am I?

 

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Faraaz Abdool is a freelance conservation and wildlife photographer who specializes in birds and the issues they face worldwide. He has been leading birding trips across both Trinidad and Tobago for several years, and is a passionate fan of Mother Earth.

Originally, Faraaz started out as an electrical engineer but eventually gave up that career to fully devote his time and energy to spreading awareness about conservation issues through his photography. Faraaz graciously serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Bird Status and Distribution Committee (TTBSDC) as of January 2018, formerly known as the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committee.

Via collaboration with regional non-profit conservation organization Birds Caribbean, his writings and photographs have been published in ZiNG Magazine as well the e-book Caribbean Waterbirds in which he contributed a chapter on tool use by Green and Striated Herons.

Faraaz is also published regularly in the Tobago Newsday, where he speaks about all things bird related around the island. Locally, his images have been published in multiple issues of Discover T&T, as well as Caribbean Beat Magazine with the purpose of promoting birdwatching and wildlife tourism in the region. Interviews with Faraaz have been published locally in the Trinidad Guardian and the T&T Newsday. The National Audubon Society also interviewed him for the travel section of their magazine, resulting in Trinidad and Tobago being listed as a “Far-Flung Fascination”, a birding destination worthy of a feature in North America’s largest birding magazine alongside Borneo and the Commander Islands.

Eco-lodges in both Trinidad and Tobago use his images for the promotion of their business. He has contributed multiple images toward a poster series on the Biodiversity of Trinidad and Tobago, a project by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) of Trinidad and Tobago. His image of an Atlantic Ghost Crab appears in one of the IMA’s more recent publications, Life Along the Seashore of Trinidad and Tobago. Faraaz’s images also appear in My Land – Adventures around Trinidad and Tobago, a children’s activity book. Digitally, his work has been featured by the National Audubon Society, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Yahoo!, among many others.

He has also appeared on Dr Chan’s Positive Vibes, a Jamaican radio talk show segment on CaribRiddims international radio.

Faraaz also works as a tour agent for Cisticola Tours Ltd out of Nairobi, Kenya and runs yearly birding and wildlife tours to East Africa.

Faraaz aims to inspire people to love and protect the earth.