Gabby Salazar

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Gabby Salazar is a National Geographic Explorer, a nature and conservation photographer, and a social scientist. As an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, she has worked on environmental photography projects across the globe, spending months at a time living in tropical rainforests and on tropical islands. Gabby Salazar has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Florida’s School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, where she studies environmental marketing. She is committed to environmental education and uses photography to get kids outdoors and to connect them with nature. Her website is, and she can be followed on Instagram and Twitter at @gabbyrsalazar.

Salazar has stayed curious about nature; she’s been photographing it since her father first gave her a camera when she was 11. As an environmental photographer and researcher, the focus of her work today has been shaped through moments of realization and the desire to fill a need.

In 2018, Salazar, in collaboration with Dr. Krithi Karanth, helped launch the Wild Shaale project to help foster positive relationships between youth and nature in rural India, which has helped more than 20,000 children better understand wildlife and wild places. The project also aims to evaluate the efficacy of environmental education approaches, something she is committed to across her work.

Radio Shows featuring Gabby Salazar

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No Boundaries: Women Explorers and Scientists who are Changing the World

On this World Footprints episode, Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick speak to National Geographic Explorer and conservation photographer, Gabby Salazar, to hear about some inspiring stories of women change-makers profiled in her new book, No Boundaries.    

The World Experiences