For the last twenty years, Suzi Eszterhas has dedicated her life and her work as a wildlife photographer to capturing the family lives of wild animals throughout the world, focusing particularly on endangered species.
Often spending weeks, months, or even years with a single animal family, she has photographed many unique moments in the lives of young animals. New on Earth is a collection of her most spectacular photographs—from groundbreaking images of tiger cubs in their den in India, to newborn cheetahs on the African savanna, to brown bear cubs seeing the world for the first time in the Alaskan wilderness.
About Suzi Eszterhas
Suzi Eszterhas is an internationally recognized wildlife photographer whose work is published in books, magazines, and newspapers all over the world, including Smithsonian, Time, BBC Wildlife, New York Times, and others. One of the leading female wildlife and conservation photographers working in a male-dominated field, she has published eighteen children’s books and two photography books.
She works to raise money and awareness for various conservation organizations. Her books, prints, and photo tours have raised over $200k for conservation groups to date. She is the founder and director of Girls Who Click, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging young women to enter the male-dominated field of nature photography.
My experience meeting Kabatwa, and her twins Isango Gakuru and Isango Gato, was one of the most magnificent moments of my career. Twins among any of the great apes are exceedingly rare.
My biggest challenge working at a wild tiger den in India was getting the cubs to accept my presence. Whereas mom was very relaxed around people, her cubs had never seen a human.
It is hard to put into words how it feels to swim with an intelligent 40-ton mammal and its newborn. Being in the water with something so large and strong, and yet so friendly, is truly a spiritual experience.
This sloth mom and baby had lost their home tree to logging, and were rescued and rehabilitated by a local sloth sanctuary. I took this photo shortly after they were released back into the wild, in an area permanently safe from logging and other forms of deforestation.
In Arctic Canada I shadowed a scientist collecting data on the effect of climate change on polar bears. He had tranquilised mom to safely weigh her and take blood, hair, and fat samples. Her precious cub climbed on top of her for safety.
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This article by Suzi Eszterhas was first published by Discover Wildlife on 7 September 2023. Lead Image: Sea otter mother and its newborn pup (just three-days-old). Monterey, California. © Suzi Eszterhas.