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Christian Ziegler is a biologist turned photojournalist whose focus are tropical rainforest and their inhabitants. Under threat in many ways and vanishing on all continents, tropical forests harbour the majority of life forms on our planet and deserve our protection. By introducing some charismatic forest animals and their interesting biology, Christian hopes to raise awareness for the problems and support for conservation efforts.

Christian Ziegler was born in Germany in 1972. He studied tropical biology at the University of Würzburg (Germany). Several research projects and his fascination for nature-photography brought him to the tropical forests of Asia, Africa and Central America during his studies.

In 1994/95 Christian lived in Thailand where he worked as a free lance photographer for the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). The year after Christian spent four months in the Ivory Coast of West Africa visiting both the Savannah and the rain forest.

Since 1998, Christian has been working primarily in Panama, on Barro Colorado Island, a field station of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). After finishing his graduate work in 2000, his focus changed solely to the field of nature photography and journalism. He spent 15 months of fieldwork doing the photography for his picture book on the ecology of tropical rain forest "A Magic Web", which was published by Oxford University Press in November 2002.

In April 2002 Christian was appointed associate for communication by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Over the years Christian won several international recognized awards, such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (category 'behavior of all other animals' in 2005).

Christians work is published internationally in magazines such as the National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Smithsonian Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Natural History. Next to his magazine work, he thinks it is important to work with conservation groups, such as WWF and others. Christian is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers .
Rafflesia (Rafflesia pricei) flower, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Christian Ziegler
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00487107 Rafflesia (Rafflesia pricei) flower, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) hunting at night, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00487114 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) hunting at night, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) old growth stands clear cut for tourist housing, Hopkins, Belize  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463375 Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) old growth stands clear cut for tourist housing, Hopkins, Belize© Christian Ziegler
Pingwing Bromeliad (Aechmea magdalenae) enormous flower belonging to the pineapple family, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760006 Pingwing Bromeliad (Aechmea magdalenae) enormous flower belonging to the pineapple family, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) parent with young, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760035 Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) parent with young, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Misfit Leaf Frog (Agalychnis saltator) mass mating, La Selva, Costa Rica  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463397 Misfit Leaf Frog (Agalychnis saltator) mass mating, La Selva, Costa Rica© Christian Ziegler
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) nest constructed completely of ants hanging onto each other, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477140 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) nest constructed completely of ants hanging onto each other, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus infuscatus) mother and young, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477145 Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus infuscatus) mother and young, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Flag-footed Bug (Anisocelis flavolineata) on passion flower, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477163 Flag-footed Bug (Anisocelis flavolineata) on passion flower, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Toad (Bufo acutirostris) trio camouflaged in leaf litter, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477172 Toad (Bufo acutirostris) trio camouflaged in leaf litter, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) uses its feet to collect insects fluttering on lake surface, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477173 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) uses its feet to collect insects fluttering on lake surface, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Common Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris microtis) with Katydid prey, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477175 Common Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris microtis) with Katydid prey, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Peters' Tent-making Bat (Uroderma bilobatum) group roosting, native to South and Central America  -  Christian Ziegler
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00487094 Peters' Tent-making Bat (Uroderma bilobatum) group roosting, native to South and Central America© Christian Ziegler
Diverse sponge community with oysters and other invertebrates growing on red mangrove roots, Bastimentos National Marine Park, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00487099 Diverse sponge community with oysters and other invertebrates growing on red mangrove roots, Bastimentos National Marine Park, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) feeding on freshly fallen palm fruit, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00487130 Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) feeding on freshly fallen palm fruit, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) walking up branch, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00487127 Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) walking up branch, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) male displaying by extending dewlap, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760117 Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) male displaying by extending dewlap, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Orchid (Orchidinae) flowering in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760120 Orchid (Orchidinae) flowering in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras© Christian Ziegler
Aerial view of the Canal Zone, Chagres River which feeds Lake Gatun, in Soberania National Park, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760166 Aerial view of the Canal Zone, Chagres River which feeds Lake Gatun, in Soberania National Park, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Rhinoceros Spearbearer (Copiphora rhinoceros) feeding on developping eggs of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) initiation spontanious hatching behavior of the embryos, La Selva, Costa Ric...  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760179 Rhinoceros Spearbearer (Copiphora rhinoceros) feeding on developping eggs of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) initiation spontanious hatching behavior of the embryos, La Selva, Costa Ric...© Christian Ziegler
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) shadow on leaf, Soberania National Park, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760047 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) shadow on leaf, Soberania National Park, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fruit of an understory plant has an unusual coloration of green and purple, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760019 Fruit of an understory plant has an unusual coloration of green and purple, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) eating egg clutch of Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) tadpoles hatching, Soberania National Park, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760054 Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) eating egg clutch of Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) tadpoles hatching, Soberania National Park, Panama© Christian Ziegler
White-throated Round-eared Bat (Tonatia silvicola) eating a Fig, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760072 White-throated Round-eared Bat (Tonatia silvicola) eating a Fig, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Hump Coral (Porites sp), Bastimentos Marine National Park, Bocas del Toro, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463399 Hump Coral (Porites sp), Bastimentos Marine National Park, Bocas del Toro, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Leafcutter Ant (Atta columbica) shadow of ants carrying leaves seen through leaf, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760015 Leafcutter Ant (Atta columbica) shadow of ants carrying leaves seen through leaf, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) temporary nest called a bivouac, workers bringing in wasp larvae as food, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760083 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) temporary nest called a bivouac, workers bringing in wasp larvae as food, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) egg clutch under palm frond overhanging pond, Soberania National Park, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760009 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) egg clutch under palm frond overhanging pond, Soberania National Park, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Rainforest canopy, Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463370 Rainforest canopy, Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia© Christian Ziegler
Barro Colorado Island blanketed with lush forest, Gatun Lake, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760000 Barro Colorado Island blanketed with lush forest, Gatun Lake, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) backlit egg clutch, four days old, Soberania National Park, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760004 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) backlit egg clutch, four days old, Soberania National Park, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza) showing stilt roots, with abstract rainforest patterns, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760001 Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza) showing stilt roots, with abstract rainforest patterns, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia flower, Soberania National Park, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760002 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia flower, Soberania National Park, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Horsetail (Equisetum sp) stand in a swamp, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760024 Horsetail (Equisetum sp) stand in a swamp, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany© Christian Ziegler
Onion field where forest was just a few years ago soil is quickly washed away from steep slopes by frequent heavy rains, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760023 Onion field where forest was just a few years ago soil is quickly washed away from steep slopes by frequent heavy rains, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) portrait of a soldier with large mandibles, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760018 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) portrait of a soldier with large mandibles, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Damophila julie) feeding on flower nectar, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760033 Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Damophila julie) feeding on flower nectar, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) portrait with captured insect prey in its bill, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760029 Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) portrait with captured insect prey in its bill, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Light-demanding pioneer species colonize a gap soon after it opens in rainforest, Panama, sequence 3 of 3. Gap created April 2000. Image take on year later, April 2001.  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760042 Light-demanding pioneer species colonize a gap soon after it opens in rainforest, Panama, sequence 3 of 3. Gap created April 2000. Image take on year later, April 2001.© Christian Ziegler
Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) detail of eyes, Central America  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760060 Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) detail of eyes, Central America© Christian Ziegler
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) detail of climbing claws, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760066 Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) detail of climbing claws, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum) portrait, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760089 Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum) portrait, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Leafcutter Ant (Atta columbica) worker carrying freshly cut leaf fragment, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760102 Leafcutter Ant (Atta columbica) worker carrying freshly cut leaf fragment, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) close-up on branch, ranges into tropical forests of Central and South America  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760097 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) close-up on branch, ranges into tropical forests of Central and South America© Christian Ziegler
Nut Palm (Phytelephas sp) has seeds whose texture and color resemble ivory, carvings from the vegetable ivory for sale as artwork, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760100 Nut Palm (Phytelephas sp) has seeds whose texture and color resemble ivory, carvings from the vegetable ivory for sale as artwork, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Stick insect guarding eggs, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760106 Stick insect guarding eggs, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
European Liver Leaf (Hepatica nobilis) flower detail showing anthers, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760111 European Liver Leaf (Hepatica nobilis) flower detail showing anthers, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany© Christian Ziegler
Morning sun reflecting in rocky water, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760114 Morning sun reflecting in rocky water, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany© Christian Ziegler
European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees from below, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760116 European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees from below, Jasmund National Park, Ruegen, Germany© Christian Ziegler
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) male displaying by extending dewlap and calling, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760118 Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) male displaying by extending dewlap and calling, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
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