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Leslie Reynolds grew up in Zimbabwe. After studying in Durban, South Africa, he worked on a tourism project in Mozambique for a year.
He then came to Zambia, where his first placement was with the Kasanka Trust.
Here he began to establish his current reputation as a leading bird-guide in the country, drawing on prior experience of birding in Eastern South Africa, Central Mozambique and throughout Zimbabwe.
A keen conservator with several years of anti-poaching experience, he holds the position of Honorary Wildlife Police Officer under the Zambian Government.
He also has the Kafue and Luangwa "walking and driving guide" qualifications.
Over the past ten years he has travelled over a vast amount of the country as a guide, consultant and trainer of Zambian guides.
He founded Lapwing Safaris in 2010, as a means to further his passion for birding and exploring.
His broad-ranging interest in all fauna and flora makes for very lively and informative outings, as well as impressive lists of bird sightings.
Birds aside, he is particularly drawn to the smaller creatures like butterflies, frogs and reptiles, and loves the challenge of tracking down and intercepting something truly rare and elusive.
He has a carefully guarded and extensive library of reference books, and will go all out to satisfy your curiosity on any point.
In fact only two questions have ever stumped him completely: "What is your favourite part of Zambia?" - and - ˜what is your favourite bird?"
He has had a lot of positive feedback from Birding Pals like this:
"I had a fantastic day - a great number of birds, at times seemingly all at once. Leslie ran a very smooth operation - very well paced and excellent explanations about the birds and their habits. He has an excellent ear and tracked many species. A lovely lunch spot and lunch broke the day well."
- Jill, UK