Environmental podcast with wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas.
On today’s show I’m delighted to introduce you to wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. I had such a blast talking to Suzi that I couldn’t even edit our conversation down, there are too many nuggets in there worth sharing.
It was one of those chats where you wish you were sat down in person.
It’s a great interview but if you are a parent or caregiver of girls, this is definitely an interview you need to listen to!
We talk about . . .
- How this sensitive tough girl who took on the bullies at school by learning to fight.
- How raising an orphan serval was one of the best experiences of her life and how being a photographer made her a better fur mum.
- How fostering empathy in young children might just be what we need to save our planet’s wildlife.
- The sexism she’s faced in a male dominated profession.
- Her experience of sexual harassment, her method for dealing with it and the anger she now feels about it happening to the young woman she mentors.
- How strong is the new pretty.
- The outrageous sexist comments that inspired her to create a not-for-profit, Girls Who Click, to mentor young women and the surprising effect being a mentor has had on her.
- How to deal with your own child wanting to go into an unreliable and tough industry.
- The importance of following your bliss.
- How hard it is to remain hopeful if you don’t have a strong spiritual framework within you.
- How we can cure so many of our mental problems with forest bathing.
- Her experience with poachers when out in the field and why she has sympathy for them.
- Why she supports small grass root organisations over larger ones and the suspicions she has about how much funding they actually put into conservation efforts.
- How the jungle is a bootcamp for the heart and soul.
- And of course her career as a wildlife photographer.
For the past year Suzi has been following a leopard family in Botswana. Take a look at her Instagram account to see the beautiful photos. In February she’ll be visiting this little family for the last time.
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Suzi’s children’s books and prints:
Suzi has created many beautiful books for children . . .
and prints for children . . .
To see all Suzi’s book and prints please visit her website.
If you too have a spiritual yearning to give back, please take a look at the below organisations that Suzi supports. She knows them all and trusts that the funds they receive go exactly where they say they’re going!
- Alaska Sea Life Center
- Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
- Center for Animal Protection & Education
- Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)
- Koala Hospital
- Orangutan Foundation International
- Pandas International
- The Sloth Conservation Foundation
- Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS)
- Save Pangolins
- TigerTime – Save the Tiger
- Wildlife Conservation Network
Suzi mentions author, Joanna Macy in our chat. You can find out more about her and her books here.
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Love this interview. So great to learn about Suzi’s life in the field.
Thanks Rickey. Glad you enjoyed the interview. I loved learning about Suzi’s life in the field too.
Great episode. My daughter wants to be a wildlife photographer so it’s encouraging to hear Suzi talk about this as a a rewarding career even if it ultimately worries me that it’s a tough career choice.
Hi Leah, glad you enjoyed the episode. I think as with many creative fields, wildlife photography isn’t lucrative, for the most part or reliable but as Suzi says she finds it her calling in life and therefore she wouldn’t want to do anything else. I guess that is what determines whether we can pursue a “tough” career choice….have we got the passion and drive to make it work?
I’ve listened to a few interviews with Suzi Eszterhas, I’m a big fan, but this is the best one by far. I really felt I got to know her and about her life as a photographer. Thank you for such a great interview!
Wow! Thanks Louise. That’s very high praise and has absolutely made my day!! I’m really glad you enjoyed my chat with Suzi as much as I did 🙂