Ian Salisbury

Born in the north of England, Ian first came to Africa in 1978 to work as a teacher for a copper mining company. With a keen interest in wildlife and photography he spent many holidays in the "bush" and organised annual school visits to Zambia's Kafue National Park. His first visit to South Luangwa in 1978,on a five day walking safari, resulted in a life long love of Africa's wild places, and he finally made the transition from teacher to safari guide in 1983. Since then he has worked mainly in Zambia's South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks as a guide, lodge manager and trainer of local guides for a variety of safari companies and for the 'Save the Rhino Trust'. He considers himself fortunate to have worked alongside, and learned his trade,from such guiding "legends" as Norman Carr, Phil Berry and Vernon Baillie...and to remember the days when South Luangwa still had a large black rhino population. During his years in the African bush he has guided and worked with some of the world's top wildlife photographers and film-makers. Although his present position as General Manager of one of Zambia's leading safari operators (Mfuwe Lodge/Bushcamp Company) keeps him busy, he still has the opportunity every day to watch and photograph the incredible wildlife of the South Luangwa Valley. He considers himself a "beginner" when it comes to digital photography...having finally run out of slide film ...but is now discovering a whole new world of possibilities!! When not in the bush he enjoys the complete contrast of snow and mountains and, when slightly younger and fitter, worked as a ski guide and resort manager in the French and Austrian Alps. A recent fantastic photographic expedition to the Arctic provided a timely reminder that the world's wild places are constantly under threat...and that we all have a duty to protect and conserve our fragile ecosystems and wildlife.

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