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Tyrone Mckendry

Ornithologist Presenter & Guide

Tyrone is an expedition lecturer and guide from South Africa. He is a professional ecologist with Master in Science degree from the University of Witwatersrand. His research focused on determining the value of wildlife corridors as a strategy to conserve biodiversity in urban environments.

Conservation has always been important to him, which is why he accepted a position on the committee of the Greater Kyalami Conservancy in early 2012. During his 6 years with the NGO, he sought to educate and inform the public about local environmental issues, through media articles and regular presentations. An important aspect of his work was coordinating with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to establish the Kyalami African Grass-Owl Conservation Programme.

After leaving university, Tyrone chose to pursue a career as an expedition lecturer on cruise ships around the world. He has been fortunate enough to work in many amazing places such as Antarctica, Canada, Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, Far East Russia, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, West Africa, Northern Europe and the British Isles.

Tyrone has always had a passion for wildlife photography and now he is able to combine that passion with his work in the form of lectures and presentations which aim to teach others something about the natural world. 

What is your most memorable travel experience?

“It is difficult to choose just one experience when I have been fortunate enough to have so many over the years but if I had to choose one, it would have to be my first time in Antarctica. While out driving the zodiacs with guests, surrounded by ice and snow, the unmistakable sound of a whale blow not far away, we made our way towards the sound. As we got closer we recognized the unmistakable features of several humpback whales clearly feeding in the area. Careful not to disturb them we sat quietly observing these incredible marine mammals and were lucky enough to have them swim right under our zodiac. A truly magical experience for myself and the guests. “