There are few guides in Guyana with the experience and expertise of our Guyana travel guide Waldyke ("Wally") Prince. He is sought-after by birders, documentary teams and scientific expedition teams alike.
After earning his B.S. in Biology from the University of Guyana, he 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 familiar with their habitats, behaviors, vocalizations and mating rituals. He grew up wandering through Guyana's lush and bio diverse interior, and boasts unparalleled expertise on the country's fish, amphibian, reptile, insect and floral populations.
Wally has worked with some of the true luminaries of rainforest conservation and bird population studies, such as Robert Ridgely, Angelo Caparrella and David Agro in the early 1990's, then later with Michael Braun, Mark Robbins, Brian Schmidt and Dr. Godfrey Bourne and his post-doc students working at the CEIBA Biological Research Station. He has led or participated in scientific expeditions to the top of Mount Ayanganna, the remote Wai-Wai village of Gunns/Masakanari, the Acari 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.
Wally was a participant in the Smithsonian Institution's Man & Biosphere Biodiversity Internship in Washington DC., and is a member of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology. He attended the American Birding Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first Bird Banding Workshop for the Caribbean at the William Beebe Research Centre in Trinidad & Tobago, and represented Guyana at the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Waters. He is a co-author on several publications on mammal behavior and has been interviewed by National Geographic Magazine and the Discovery Channel.
Wally reports that one of his greatest accomplishments was establishing the Wildlife Clubs in 14 of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) communities. He still volunteers his time and continues to mentor the youth participating in wildlife clubs.
Although Wally is known for his deep knowledge about Guyana's botany and wildlife, he is an avid student of Guyana's history and cultural heritage as well.
Ron is one of Guyana's most knowledgeable naturalist travel guides, with a passion for helping his guests find birds and wildlife. Whether they are beginning birders who want to see and learn about Guyana's birds or experienced birders who want to dramatically improve their chances to observe their "life birds," Ron is the ideal guide.
Ron has spent 10 years as a forester and guide at the renowned Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, and has personally identified locations to find more than 550 species, including the rare and elusive rufous-winged ground cuckoo, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, cimson fruit crow, Guianan red cotinga and the capuchin bird.
Although he is described as one of Guyana’s best birders, Ron’s expertise stretches far beyond as his understanding, appreciation and intimate involvement with Guyana’s wildlife and biodiversity product puts him in a category of his own. He is one of Guyana’s most sought after guides, and he continues to develop in skill and knowledge thus offering an unforgettable and insightful journey for guests every time.