About Aziz Ahmed
Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Aziz Ahmed is one of the few Ethiopian natural explorers with an extensive track record of travel throughout the country. His traveling and adventures began at a very young age when he used to accompany his father for hunting trips in the wild. Shortly after his frequent trips with his father into the wild, his father was killed by a lion, when he was only 11 years old. Touched deeply with what his father had shown him of what Ethiopia has to offer, he diligently worked through high school and opened a Video shop where he rented movies and began to save his money, at one point he even sold a car that his family gave him to buy a camera. At the age of 18 he landed his first job as a tour guide and after being in the industry for a couple of years he changed his carrier to start his journey in film-making and photography, primarily on capturing moments and events of the wildlife of Ethiopia. He did this out of pure passion and love for Ethiopia’s wild, nature and culture. He hardly made any money and spent whatever he had on equipment and travel to explore every corner of this beautiful land. Now he has supreme experience in the field of travel, tour and bird photography across Ethiopia. Aziz believes that he should continue making meaningful contributions to wildlife conservation and tourism development in Ethiopia. Aziz Ahmed is a photographer and filmmaker, who has made the Ethiopian wildlife his home. He has dedicated his work to promote, bring awareness on a local and international level of the importance of respecting and preserving the ecosystems and habitats found in nature and last but not least he is in the process of building a team and creating a foundation that will work on protecting Ethiopia’s black maned lions. For the last five years he has personally taken it upon himself to visit and document lions in the Harenna forest and the Awash National Park five days of every month for the last five years. He has been providing reports to the Ethiopian Wild Life Authority and he doesn’t even work for them. He does all of this with no pay and support from anybody whether it be private, governmental or non-governmental organizations. He is also one of the main consultants for tour guides, and is broadening his education in various environmental preservation practices to incorporate into the work he has done with the intention to inspire conservation.