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Tropical Wildlife

by Renzo Segato

Rana Verde Ragno Picchio rosso Rana 1

Scimmia pigmea Quetzal Farfalla Boa grigio

Rana 2 Insetto foglia Mantide Colibr

Click on a thumbnail image above to enlarge it.

Renzo Segato lives in Turin, Italy, where he was born and now works as a dental technician. Photography and travel are his passions.

He has voyaged all over the world and been in contact with many tribes and people in remote areas. As a young boy, he dreamt of canoeing on tropical rivers but it wasn't until 1982, at the age of 30, that he made his first trip to the Amazon rain forest. Now, his goal is to make two exotic photography journeys a year.

Renzo has photographically documented all his travels. The result is an extraordinary collection of portraits, nature and landscape images. The images in this gallery were photographed by him in Costa Rica and Ecuador.

"Photography in the jungle is truly very difficult," says Renzo. "You must do much walking with a lot of weighty equipment, including a heavy tripod."

The image of a yellow frog above, entitled Rana 1, could only have been taken at night since the little creature is nocturnal. "Many of my images were taken at night using electronic flash," says Renzo, "usually after long hours of patiently waiting for the right moment."

Renzo is an award-winning photographer who uses only Canon cameras and lenses, including a Canon EOS3 and a Canon EOS5 camera, lenses from 17mm to 500mm in focal length, and a 1.4X teleconverter. His electronic flash unit is a Canon 550EX. His photographs are taken on Fuji film.


Renzo can be reached at [email protected].

Renzo's web site

Visit Renzo Segato's website,WorldWildPhotos, at to view many more of Renzo's excellent photographs.


Not all of Costa Rica's fabulous wild animals and birds are running free. Many have been trapped by poachers and caught by hunters for the exotic pet trade. When these unsavory characters are apprehended with wild animals, the animals are seized. Many need medical care and attention before they can be returned to the wild. They are often brought to the Las Pumas Rescue Shelter in Canas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The shelter welcomes visitors, and is a great place to bring your camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime photos of endangered species that it is rare to encounter in the wild. Click here to learn more about this selfless wildlife rescue center.

Amateur photographer, Renzo Segato, doing what he most enjoys.
Amateur photographer, Renzo Segato, doing what he most enjoys.