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Thomas Marent was born in 1966 in Baden, Switzerland. During his childhood he developed a strong fascination for nature and wildlife. While exploring nature around his home he was watching the birds and observing frogs, insects and flowers. A lifelong passion arised and at the age of 16 he bought his first camera. And from that moment on he became as passionate about photography as about nature.

Marent first set foot in a rainforest in 1990, in Australia, at the age of 23.

"It was the rainy season and the forest was bursting with life. It was hot, humid, noisy and completely exhilarating, but most exciting of all was the wildlife. I was immediately hooked. There and then, I made up my mind to explore rainforests throughout the world". And so he did. Since that first expedition to Australia he explored rainforests all over the world as in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and French Guyana.

For many years it remained a hobby that he practiced intensively while working on a temporary base as a draftsman and in various other jobs in Switzerland to fund his expeditions. Sometimes he dreamed of publishing his work in a book, but in truth he had no business plan or strategy. It was a passionate interest in nature that kept Marent going. And besides his specialisation in rainforests he also photographs wildlife in every other kind of natural environment.

Around 1996 Marent started to publish his photographs in numerous magazines, books and calendars. His intensive hobby gradually developed into a thriving career as a wildlife photographer. Besides his work as a photographer he is also occupied as a biologist in Switzerland during the summers; monitoring butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, amphibians and birds. His first book "Rainforest" was published in September 2006. "Rainforest" soon became a success and by now it already has been translated in 13 languages and published in 25 countries.

"Rainforest" made Marents dream about a book come true. But a very important wish of him is a future for his beloved subject. "To me, rainforests are the greatest treasures on earth, and I think it is tragic that we are losing them just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. We not only have the power to destroy these beautiful and important habitats, we also have the power and the responsibility to protect and preserve them".

His most recent book about primates which has a forward by Jane Goodall, "Affen der Welt - Welt der Affen", was published in 2014; it is published in English with the title "Like Us: Encounters with Primates", French and Italian editions are also available.
Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) baby hanging on branch, Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania  -  Thomas Marent
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00543911 Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) baby hanging on branch, Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania© Thomas Marent
Panther Chameleon (Chamaeleo pardalis) male, Andasibe, Madagascar  -  Thomas Marent
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00785033 Panther Chameleon (Chamaeleo pardalis) male, Andasibe, Madagascar© Thomas Marent
Glasswing Butterfly (Ithomania sp), Tingomaria, Peru  -  Thomas Marent
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00785375 Glasswing Butterfly (Ithomania sp), Tingomaria, Peru© Thomas Marent
Zanzibar Red Colobus (Procolobus kirkii) in tree, Jozani Forest, Zanzibar, Tanzania  -  Thomas Marent
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00543954 Zanzibar Red Colobus (Procolobus kirkii) in tree, Jozani Forest, Zanzibar, Tanzania© Thomas Marent
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa) butterfly pair hanging below plant, Colombia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785710 Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa) butterfly pair hanging below plant, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Tiger's Treefrog (Hyloscirtus tigrinus) on bromeliad, new species discovered in 2007, Colombia  -  Thomas Marent
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00426108 Tiger's Treefrog (Hyloscirtus tigrinus) on bromeliad, new species discovered in 2007, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) group flying, Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico  -  Thomas Marent
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00785616 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) group flying, Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico© Thomas Marent
Black-faced Spider Monkey (Ateles chamek) juvenile calling, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru
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00554585 Black-faced Spider Monkey (Ateles chamek) juvenile calling, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru© Thomas Marent
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda  -  Thomas Marent
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00785697 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda© Thomas Marent
Saddle-back Tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis) mother with young, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru
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00554621 Saddle-back Tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis) mother with young, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru© Thomas Marent
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock flying, Los Flamencos Sanctuary, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia
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00569311 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock flying, Los Flamencos Sanctuary, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola), Guacharo Cave National Park, Colombia
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00569412 Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola), Guacharo Cave National Park, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini) hummingbird in defensive posture, Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, Colombia
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00569519 Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini) hummingbird in defensive posture, Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia (Heliconia sp) flower, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica  -  Thomas Marent
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00785162 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia (Heliconia sp) flower, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica© Thomas Marent
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) on flowers, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00785241 Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) on flowers, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Glasswing Butterfly (Ithomania sp) pair, Tingomaria, Peru  -  Thomas Marent
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00785376 Glasswing Butterfly (Ithomania sp) pair, Tingomaria, Peru© Thomas Marent
Creek flowing through temperate rainforest, Fjordland National Park, New Zealand  -  Thomas Marent
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00785470 Creek flowing through temperate rainforest, Fjordland National Park, New Zealand© Thomas Marent
Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) with yellow coloration, coiled on branch, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica  -  Thomas Marent
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00785634 Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) with yellow coloration, coiled on branch, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica© Thomas Marent
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) male calling, Daintree National Park, Australia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785502 Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) male calling, Daintree National Park, Australia© Thomas Marent
Cascades of the Iguacu Falls, the world's largest waterfalls, Iguacu National Park, Argentina  -  Thomas Marent
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00785509 Cascades of the Iguacu Falls, the world's largest waterfalls, Iguacu National Park, Argentina© Thomas Marent
Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) male, Manu National Park, Peru  -  Thomas Marent
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00785534 Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) male, Manu National Park, Peru© Thomas Marent
Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall, Kheaun Sri Nakarin National Park, Thailand  -  Thomas Marent
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00785667 Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall, Kheaun Sri Nakarin National Park, Thailand© Thomas Marent
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) mother carrying baby through snow, Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan  -  Thomas Marent
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00543886 Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) mother carrying baby through snow, Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan© Thomas Marent
Green Club-tailed Dragonfly (Ophiogomphus cecilia) female, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00525211 Green Club-tailed Dragonfly (Ophiogomphus cecilia) female, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) pair grooming, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Thomas Marent
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00522095 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) pair grooming, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Thomas Marent
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) mimicking leaves, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar  -  Thomas Marent
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00426670 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) mimicking leaves, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar© Thomas Marent
Cup Fungus (Cookeina sp) trio, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru  -  Thomas Marent
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00785344 Cup Fungus (Cookeina sp) trio, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru© Thomas Marent
Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) wing detail, Malaysia  -  Thomas Marent
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00524997 Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) wing detail, Malaysia© Thomas Marent
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus), Gorgona Island, Colombia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785139 Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus), Gorgona Island, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) female with baby on back, Camp Leaky, Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia  -  Thomas Marent
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00426378 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) female with baby on back, Camp Leaky, Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia© Thomas Marent
Northern Glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni) underside showing internal organs, Colombia  -  Thomas Marent
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00426134 Northern Glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni) underside showing internal organs, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Fluorescent Fungus (Mycena illuminans) glowing at night, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Thomas Marent
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00426483 Fluorescent Fungus (Mycena illuminans) glowing at night, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo, Malaysia© Thomas Marent
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia (Heliconia sp) flower, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica  -  Thomas Marent
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00785164 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia (Heliconia sp) flower, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica© Thomas Marent
Leaf Insect (Phyllium sp) displaying tail showing false eyespots, Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea  -  Thomas Marent
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00454235 Leaf Insect (Phyllium sp) displaying tail showing false eyespots, Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea© Thomas Marent
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) mother nursing young, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Thomas Marent
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00522035 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) mother nursing young, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Thomas Marent
Small Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) male, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00524835 Small Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) male, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) antennae of a male, Malaysia  -  Thomas Marent
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00524998 Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) antennae of a male, Malaysia© Thomas Marent
Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00525050 Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) male, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00525208 Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) male, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
The Matterhorn reflected in the Riffelsee Lake under a full moon, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00525234 The Matterhorn reflected in the Riffelsee Lake under a full moon, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Southern Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea) male, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00785190 Southern Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea) male, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Cicada (Cicadidae) fully emerged from nymph skin, Palmerston National Park, Australia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785425 Cicada (Cicadidae) fully emerged from nymph skin, Palmerston National Park, Australia© Thomas Marent
Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) male in defensive posture, Lekedi Natural Preserve, Gabon
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00554499 Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) male in defensive posture, Lekedi Natural Preserve, Gabon© Thomas Marent
Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) female mimicking a pink flower, Malaysia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785426 Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) female mimicking a pink flower, Malaysia© Thomas Marent
Tree Fern (Dicksonia sp) growth along river flowing through rainforest, Fjordland National Park, New Zealand  -  Thomas Marent
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00785466 Tree Fern (Dicksonia sp) growth along river flowing through rainforest, Fjordland National Park, New Zealand© Thomas Marent
Jaguar (Panthera onca) peering through brush, Belize  -  Thomas Marent
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00785592 Jaguar (Panthera onca) peering through brush, Belize© Thomas Marent
Jaguar (Panthera onca), black color morph, resting on forest floor, Belize  -  Thomas Marent
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00785596 Jaguar (Panthera onca), black color morph, resting on forest floor, Belize© Thomas Marent
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) group flying, Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico  -  Thomas Marent
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00785613 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) group flying, Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico© Thomas Marent
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda  -  Thomas Marent
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00785681 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda© Thomas Marent
Harlequin Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates histrionicus) on bromeliad, Cauca, Colombia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785729 Harlequin Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates histrionicus) on bromeliad, Cauca, Colombia© Thomas Marent
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