Merid Nega Gabremichael was born in northern Ethiopia in 1973. He grew up and went to school in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, where his passion for natural history in general and birds in particular started. Merid eventually moved to Kenya, where in 1996 he took the B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of East Africa; he spent his university breaks birding Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan. After graduation he returned to Ethiopia and began to explore the birds of his home country and neighboring Djibouti and Somalia. His years of field work culminated in the recent publication of Where to Watch Birds in Ethiopia, of which Merid is co-author. When not traveling, Merid lives in Addis with his wife and three sons.
Updated: August 2010