Fred Jüssi

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Fred Jüssi (born January 29, 1935) is an Estonian biologist, nature writer and photographer.[1][2]

Jüssi was born in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, where his father worked for a Venezuelan oil company.[3] His family returned to Estonia and settled in Tallinn when Jüssi was 3 years old. After finishing high school in Tallinn he studied biology and zoology in Tartu University, graduating in 1958. He has worked as a school teacher (from 1958 to 1960 in Emmaste, Hiiumaa), as inspector for nature protection (1962–1975),[3] radio broadcaster for Eesti Raadio, freelance writer and nature campaigner.[1] In Eesti Raadio he ran the program Looduse aabits (ABC book of nature) from 1976 to 1986.[3] In the beginning of the 1990s he was for a few years the president of Estonian Nature Fund. Jüssi has published numerous books, articles and audio recordings related to nature.[3] He was the first recipient of Eerik Kumari Award, given to him in 1989.

Jüssi is probably the most influential person in Estonia engaged in writing, talking and popularising nature.[4]


  1. ^ a b The Environment Encyclopedia and Directory 2001. Europa Publications. 2001. p. 500. ISBN 1-85743-089-1. 
  2. ^ "Pilgrim Books". Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d (in Estonian)Nõmm, Andre (2006). "Fred Jüssi äratav õpetus". GO Discover (4). Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  4. ^ Tüür, Kadri (2001). "On Estonian nature writing". Estonian Literary Magazine (13). Retrieved 2009-01-27.