India: Key Bird Guides
Leio and Jennifer De Souza, Lokesh Kumar
Leio De Souza
Jennifer De Souza
With more than fifteen years experience in leading bird tours for leading international tour companies as well as countless private groups and individuals, both birders and photographers, he is widely acknowledged as among the leading bird guides/tour leaders in India today.
Leio guides extensively in Goa and throughout India as the primary tour leader for our fixed departure tours. His extensive knowledge of the avifauna of the Indian region, long experience of guiding and easy rapport with local guides and service providers combine with an infectious enthusiasm for the natural world, natural leadership qualities, easy-going nature and ever-present sense of humour to ensure rewarding tours and an enjoyable on-tour atmosphere.
Lokesh is from the village of Malah in north India’s Rajasthan state, on the outskirts of the world-famous wetlands of Bharatpur. Immersed in birding from a young age, Lokesh followed in the footsteps of his father, renowned guide Ratan Singh, developing his bird knowledge and self-taught English skills to become one of the most experienced and dedicated bird guides in northern India today. Lokesh is an excellent field birder with an innate ability to find skulkers and scarcities, while his enthusiasm, cheerful disposition and friendly personality make him an excellent on-tour companion. Lokesh continues to live in Malah with his wife and 3 young children, and together with his father and brothers runs a well-regarded homestay, Ibis House.
Originally from England, Jennifer began birding at a very young age and pursued a BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences at Durham University before moving permanently to India in 2004. Since then she has developed an extensive knowledge of the avifauna of the Indian region and butterflies of southern India, and puts this to good use handling enquiries and as tour co-leader when office work permits. Jennifer is also a keen wildlife photographer, currently developing a database of photographs of the butterflies of Goa.
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