Video interview about me and golden jackals at Hyarkon Park
by 'Yediot Haharonot’ - Feigie Stern | Tal Shahar 👇
Urban Wildlife photographer - jackals and wild animals at Yarkon Park Tel Aviv
Also known as "Whisper to the Jackals"
Social activist for urban nature conservation and wildlife and the manager of the group “Guard the Yarkon park of all of us – save the nature within the town”.
Gives lectures on / Guided tours - "Urban nature in the camera's eye - jackals and other animals at Yarkon Park Tel Aviv"
All my photos are for sale
Welcome to my site,
My name is Irit Drob, born & raised in Ramat-Gan, Israel. I am a nature and wildlife photographer in an urban environment.
I have loved the camera ever since I can remember - a nature girl who got stuck in the city. I love nature and capturing new moments and remembering them. Call it nostalgia, therapy, a reason to wake up in the morning in dark periods. The one thing I am sure of- it always filled me.
My love for wild animals began when I adopted my dog Eddie – my big love and other half.
Eddie taught me so many things like unconditional love, loyalty and commitment.
In the past years I have been dedicating my time to urban wildlife photography. I live near the Yarkon park at aTel-Aviv area and consistently visit that peaceful place- a little piece of heaven in the big city- my refuge. Quiet, green, water, trees - contain a whole life in it… or at least- so it was used to be.
I found myself wandering around for hours every day with new exciting experiences and reviling new world of glorious wild animals, among them are the golden jackals.
Filming the jackals started accidentally, and no- it was not love at first sight. It started after an unpleasant encounter with a female who groaned at my Eddie. It took me a while to understand why she did it – we were near her pups. Since then I have been documenting the Jackals among other animals, learning about their life, understand them and mostly- to be excited. Over time I fell in love with them and experienced their every moment from courtship, mating, caring each other, playful, collaboration, forces games and dominant, fear and love. Some of these moments enacted in my memory forever – moments like cubs are nursing, jackal picking from the bushes with the sweetest look, another jackal fell asleep near me and many more….
So I fell in love, but not only with the jackals. at the same time I was exposed to the whole world of other wild animals like birds, reptiles, frogs, tortoise and many more… I have been photographing all of them over the years, learning to know their world better, appreciate them and love them.
Over the years it became a mission - capture what's left of nature. Unfortunately, the actions of humanity contribute to the disappearance of nature- accelerated construction, amputations trees, destruction of habitats, pollutions, pruning – are some of them. Many animals were found dead or disappeared.
In my effort to preserve it I take photos. The Jackals are my special love but many people here do not like the jackals so this became my mission to show the jackals life so other people will fall in love with them as much as I did.
I also became an Environmental activist. I use the social media to raise awareness for nature and I am also a member & manager in a group which we founded to preserve our urban nature - https://www.facebook.com/groups/781125812074349/
At the same time I keep photographing nature and wildlife in the city.
For me, a day without a picture is a day without living...
I hope one day we will wake up and try to preserve the beauty that surrounds us. A whole world is out there outside our window. Nature is life- without it there is no existence. It gives us continuity, health and stability. If we could respect it, the world would have been a better place. Maybe some day we will… until then we can look outside of our window and realized that there is a magical and amazing world of wildlife- even in the city. If we could learn to observe, but really observe….
Until then I invite you to take a look at my photos and maybe you will fall in love as I did....
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