Leon Moore is an ex-military soldier and is now considered by many as one of the most knowledgeable birding and naturalist guides in Guyana. His love and enthusiasm of finding birds and wildlife for tourists have earned him the 2013 Tour Guide of the Year award, by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). Like many naturalists, Leon has a lot of local knowledge and is very good at identifying birds both by voice and field marks.
With ten years of experience in the field, Leon is excellent at leading successful bird and wildlife tours for both local and international companies across Guyana, including Ron Allicock Birding Tours, Sunrise Birding and Wildlife Tours and Swordbill Expedition. In 2013 he also worked alongside Steve Blackshell on a wildlife documentary called ‘’the Deadly 60’s for the BBC in Guyana. Not only has he been a guide, but has also supervised and managed several tourism lodges across Guyana. His experience and knowledge have allowed him to conduct bird guide training, both formal and informal, for the Guyana Tourism Authority and the Iwokrama International Research Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development.
As a nature photographer, many of Leon’s wildlife images have been published in several books in Guyana and for the past five years he has donated many of his photos to the Guyana Explore Magazine. He has also written an article that was published in the 2016 Explore Magazine regarding Guyana’s birding and wildlife hot spots, the best time to travel to Guyana and other key information that would be very useful for anyone visiting Guyana.
As an active and passionate eBirder and a volunteer administrator for eBird in which he reviews bird checklists for Guyana, Leon has seen more than half of Guyana’s bird species and is ranked as the number one eBirder in Guyana. He was able achieved this mark in just 24 months and is leading with over 550 bird species and over 500 complete bird checklists on this data program. (eBird is a real time checklist program that was launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society in 2002.)
Leon has conducted several biodiversity bird surveys in Guyana and has been locally involved with multiple biological research projects under the direction of Dr. Godfrey R. Bourne and his students from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, United States.
If you are looking for an experienced tour guide with excellent local knowledge of Guyana birds and wildlife, Leon Moore should be your first choice.