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Wally

Wally

Wally served for seven years as the guide coordinator, resident wildlife biologist, chief trainer and operations manager at Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. An avid birder, Wally has visually identified more than 700 of the 800+ bird species recorded in Guyana and is very familiar with their habitats, behaviours, vocalizations, and mating rituals. He grew up wandering through Guyana's lush and biodiverse interior and boasts unparalleled expertise of the country's fish, amphibian, reptile, insect and floral populations. He has led or participated in scientific expeditions to the top of Mount Ayanganna, the Acarai Mountains, coastal Shell Beach wetlands, the savannahs and lakes of Berbice and Rupununi and the forest and waterways of the Mazaruni, Potaro, Paruni, Waini and Baramita rivers.

In his spare time away from his family and his community in the Rupununi savannas, Wally splits it between conducting naturalist tours and biological surveys.

Specialist: French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname


Interview

Q: How did you fall into tour leading?

A: I was a freelance tour guide working with Wildex.

Q: What do you like most about tour leading?

A: Interpretation and assisting.

Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?

A: The Guiana Shield region.

Q: What has been your biggest travel highlight?

A: Overland travel and local transport.

Q: What's the one thing you couldn't travel without?

A: Common sense!

Q: Which famous person would you like to travel with?

A: Steve Backshall and David Attenborough.


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