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Edson Endrigo
(1979-    )

Edson Endrigo was born in São Paulo, Brazil on August 5, 1966, the son of Aparecida Marchesi Endrigo and Laercio Endrigo, a businessman. Edson is a cousin of the well-known mineral dealer Luiz Menezes -- they have the same grandmother, a woman who collected minerals and inspired them both. Edson began buying and collecting specimens, and in 1984 attended the Munich Show as Menezes' assistant. He attended business college intil 1988, when he dropped out to become a full-time mineral dealer with Menezes, specializing in Brazilian mineral specimens; by 1994 Edson had established his own mineral company. He studied mineralogy at home under the guidance of Menezes, Alvaro Lucio and Carlos Barbosa, and sold specimens every year from a room in the Executive Inn during the Tucson Show.

Unfortunately the mining of specimens in Brazul went into decline and Edson found himself unable to find enough material to buy, so he was compelled to find another line of work. Since the mid-1990s he has become a prominent, professional bird photographer, capturing over 270 species seen in the city of São Paulo alone; many of his photos have been published in the ornithological literature. He started his career as a birding tour guide in 2000, and since then he has been leading tours in Brazil for bird watchers from all over the world ( Edson no longer has a personal mineral collection, but he is building collections for his two daughters, ages 6 and 10.
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