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I was born and raised in the small town of Walbeck in the lower Rhine valley in Germany near the Dutch border. The love for nature and traveling has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. As a teenager I made my first big trip to Northern Africa together with two school friends.

After finishing high school my fever to explore distant lands became unbearable and I started wandering around the globe wondering what to do with my future. First I worked as a sailor on several German merchant marine ships for 2 years to satisfy my appetite for seasickness, big ships, short stay-overs in harbor towns and views of endless bodies of water for weeks and months on end.

Life improved much when I decided to become captain of my own boat. I packed my camping gear and headed for the remote and wild Yukon in Northern Canada, purchased a canoe and spent the whole summer of 1978 paddling down the entire length of the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. This trip and many other canoe adventures that followed over the next decade took me all over the arctic realm of North America across some of the remotest, untouched wildernesses on earth.

At the end of 1978 I began studying geology at the University of Cologne. Five years later when working on my thesis in the Iberian Mountains in Spain I suddenly discovered my love for photography. After completing university I further developed my photography skills during a one-year trip in northern Canada across one of the remotest regions on earth. In 1990 a longstanding dream came true: the emigration to Canada's Yukon Territory.

It took another 6 years until I made the best decision of my life and began a career as a full time nature photographer, a move I have never regretted.
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) juvenile male, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
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00556735 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) juvenile male, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda© Theo Allofs
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) herd in savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya
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00556756 Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) herd in savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya© Theo Allofs
Oryx (Oryx gazella) group drinking at waterhole, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia  -  Theo Allofs
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00542255 Oryx (Oryx gazella) group drinking at waterhole, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542314 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) mother with baby on her back, Tanjung National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Theo Allofs
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00781300 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) mother with baby on her back, Tanjung National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Theo Allofs
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) pair on sand mound near burrow entrance, Florida  -  Theo Allofs
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00781437 Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) pair on sand mound near burrow entrance, Florida© Theo Allofs
Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) licking rain water off leaf, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Theo Allofs
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00440153 Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) licking rain water off leaf, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Theo Allofs
Leopard (Panthera pardus) in tree on lookout, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00478134 Leopard (Panthera pardus) in tree on lookout, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana© Theo Allofs
Biolat Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates biolat) on nose of biologist Aleyda Curo Miranda, Tambopata River, Peru  -  Theo Allofs
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00781320 Biolat Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates biolat) on nose of biologist Aleyda Curo Miranda, Tambopata River, Peru© Theo Allofs
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) calf underneath mother's belly, the mother has been trained as a working elephant for tourism and tiger tracking, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781346 Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) calf underneath mother's belly, the mother has been trained as a working elephant for tourism and tiger tracking, India© Theo Allofs
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) flock taking flight, Lake Bogoria, Kenya
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00556712 Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) flock taking flight, Lake Bogoria, Kenya© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) cubs, sixteen month old, playing in water in April during the dry season, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781350 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) cubs, sixteen month old, playing in water in April during the dry season, India© Theo Allofs
Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) standing on road with tourists in game drive vehicles, Kaziranga National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781383 Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) standing on road with tourists in game drive vehicles, Kaziranga National Park, India© Theo Allofs
Indian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur) mother with foal in clay pan during the dry season, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781405 Indian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur) mother with foal in clay pan during the dry season, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, India© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 20 month old female cub resting, Bandhavgarh National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781469 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 20 month old female cub resting, Bandhavgarh National Park, India© Theo Allofs
High granite spires, Lago de los Tres and Cerro Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina  -  Theo Allofs
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00781471 High granite spires, Lago de los Tres and Cerro Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina© Theo Allofs
Buttress roots of giant trees in tropical rainforest, Tongkoko Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Theo Allofs
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00440129 Buttress roots of giant trees in tropical rainforest, Tongkoko Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Theo Allofs
Large icebergs at midnight, end of June, mid-summer night, Greenland  -  Theo Allofs
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00781194 Large icebergs at midnight, end of June, mid-summer night, Greenland© Theo Allofs
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) 4 week old calf of a female trained as a working elephant for tourism and tiger tracking, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781205 Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) 4 week old calf of a female trained as a working elephant for tourism and tiger tracking, India© Theo Allofs
Autumn in the Ogilvie Mountains and boreal forest near the Dempster Highway, Yukon, Canada  -  Theo Allofs
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00781490 Autumn in the Ogilvie Mountains and boreal forest near the Dempster Highway, Yukon, Canada© Theo Allofs
Oryx (Oryx gazella) group crossing desert, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia  -  Theo Allofs
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00542257 Oryx (Oryx gazella) group crossing desert, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia© Theo Allofs
Moon over mountain range at sunrise, with Cerro Torre and Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina  -  Theo Allofs
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00781314 Moon over mountain range at sunrise, with Cerro Torre and Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina© Theo Allofs
Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) mother with joey, Sturt National Park, New South Wales, Australia  -  Theo Allofs
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00478244 Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) mother with joey, Sturt National Park, New South Wales, Australia© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) male walking in green meadow, close-up, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781242 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) male walking in green meadow, close-up, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 month old cub lying on rock, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781263 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 month old cub lying on rock, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India© Theo Allofs
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) pair running, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Namibia  -  Theo Allofs
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00478196 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) pair running, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Namibia© Theo Allofs
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) group at waterhole, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia  -  Theo Allofs
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00542272 Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) group at waterhole, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia© Theo Allofs
Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) group walking on beach, Falkland Islands  -  Theo Allofs
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00781444 Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) group walking on beach, Falkland Islands© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga cuddling with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542286 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga cuddling with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) pair delousing, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Theo Allofs
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00440146 Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) pair delousing, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Theo Allofs
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) mother and juvenile in nest made of branches and leaves, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Theo Allofs
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00781308 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) mother and juvenile in nest made of branches and leaves, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Theo Allofs
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) female hunting, Canada  -  Theo Allofs
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00437490 Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) female hunting, Canada© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 16 month old juveniles playing in water, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781240 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 16 month old juveniles playing in water, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India© Theo Allofs
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) holding freshly-caught salmon in mouth, Katmai, Alaska  -  Theo Allofs
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00439476 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) holding freshly-caught salmon in mouth, Katmai, Alaska© Theo Allofs
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) territorial display, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Sequence 3 of 3  -  Theo Allofs
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00478124 Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) territorial display, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Sequence 3 of 3© Theo Allofs
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) dusting, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Namibia  -  Theo Allofs
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00478181 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) dusting, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Namibia© Theo Allofs
Mokau Falls in rainforest, Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand  -  Theo Allofs
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00781513 Mokau Falls in rainforest, Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand© Theo Allofs
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) young male, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Theo Allofs
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00781306 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) young male, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Theo Allofs
Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) an endangered species, holding fish in mouth, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Theo Allofs
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00781007 Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) an endangered species, holding fish in mouth, Pantanal, Brazil© Theo Allofs
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) waiting for prey, Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Theo Allofs
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00781037 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) waiting for prey, Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil© Theo Allofs
Rio Negro river surrounded by rainforest, southern Pantanal, Brazil  -  Theo Allofs
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00781052 Rio Negro river surrounded by rainforest, southern Pantanal, Brazil© Theo Allofs
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) parent preening chick, Falkland Islands  -  Theo Allofs
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00781087 Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) parent preening chick, Falkland Islands© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 months old cub resting in small cave during heat of the day, April, dry season, Bandhavgarh National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781175 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 months old cub resting in small cave during heat of the day, April, dry season, Bandhavgarh National Park, India© Theo Allofs
South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens) in shallow water, sunset, March, Valdes Penisnsula, Patagonia, Argentina  -  Theo Allofs
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00781203 South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens) in shallow water, sunset, March, Valdes Penisnsula, Patagonia, Argentina© Theo Allofs
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) 4 week old calf next to chained mother, the mother has been trained as a working elephant for tourism and tiger tracking, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781208 Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) 4 week old calf next to chained mother, the mother has been trained as a working elephant for tourism and tiger tracking, India© Theo Allofs
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) dominant male lying in green grass, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781243 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) dominant male lying in green grass, dry season, April, Bandhavgarh National Park, India© Theo Allofs
Indian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur) pair showing affectionate behavior during the dry season, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, India  -  Theo Allofs
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00781402 Indian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur) pair showing affectionate behavior during the dry season, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, India© Theo Allofs
Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya) male calling, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Theo Allofs
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00781424 Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya) male calling, Pantanal, Brazil© Theo Allofs
Moon over Cerro Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina  -  Theo Allofs
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00781472 Moon over Cerro Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina© Theo Allofs
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