Peter Ginn
Peter GinnPeter trained as a geologist, but soon discovered that his real vocation was showing others the wonders of the world in which we live. He has done this for over 38 years through teaching. Firstly  geography (the study of man in his environment)  to scholars, also planning natural history trips for adults and children. He created of a series of books on birds from beginners (Birds Afield) to keen bird-watchers (Waterbirds etc)  and finally a book for experts and all bird watchers in southern Africa.

He retired as a teacher in 1989 and turned his talents to planning and executing tours for visitors to Zimbabwe. These tours are planned using his broad knowledge of Zimbabwe to create something special for each group. Where a specialist bird guide is needed for a group, Peter will accompany your group to impart his extensive knowledge of the natural history of most of the 668 bird species found in Zimbabwe. He will also make your tour something more -- the "Zimbabwe experience" -- which covers every aspect of the natural history of our beautiful country.

Peter is a specialist bird photographer, but also has extensive experience in general game and natural history photograhy. He has been elected as an Associate of both the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britian and the Photographic Society of Southern Africa. This is in recognition of the excellence of his photography. He can therefore help clients to maximise their photographic opportunities on tour.

BOOKS:

Zimbabwe Bundu Series Books:- Books on Southern Africa :-
Birds of the Highveld 1972 Birds of Botswana 1979
Birds of Great Zimbabwe & Environs 1973 Garden Birds of Southern Africa 1980
Birds Afield 1973 More Garden Birds of Southern Africa 1981
Birds of the Lowveld 1974 Waterbirds of Southern Africa 1982
Bird Safari 1974
Conceptualizer and general editor for:

The Complete Book Of Southern African Birds 1989
(The definitive book on the birds of the sub-continent with most birds illustrated by slides-- over 100 by Peter Ginn)

Peter's photographs have been used in many bird books worldwide.

Magazines:

A regular contributer of articles to magazines such as  Skyhost,   Honeyguide,    Zimbabwe Wildlife,   ZTA Magazine, etc.

Achievements:

  • Elected an  Associate Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1981
  • Elected an  Associate of the Photographic Society of Southern Africa  1995
  • Awarded Natural Resources Board Certificate of Merit for Wildlife Conservation 1978
  • GOSHO PARK: Founded and developed the Conservation and Environmental Education facility at Peterhouse/ Springvale called Gosho Park 1984-89
  • Collaborated in Dr R Smithers' work on the mammals and birds of Botswana 1965-76
  • Founder member of Share-Net Environmental Education Organization for Southern Africa
  • Member of Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
  • Member of Ornithological Association of Zimbabwe and Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • Well known throughout Africa as a lecturer on birds, their identification, their habits and habitats-- lectures illustrated with his own slides.

Life member:

  • Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe
  • Wildlife Society of Southern Africa
  • Waterfowl Trust of Zimbabwe
  • Birdlife South Africa - formerly South African Ornithological Association
  • Geographical Association of Zimbabwe
  • Royal Photographic Society (Associate)
  • Photographic Society of South Africa (Associate)

Education:

  • St. Andrews Prep. and College, Grahamstown
  • Founded St. Andrews College Natural History Society 1953
  • Started The Redwing NHS Magazine in 1954
  • Rhodes University, Grahamstown: BSc in Geology and Chemistry
  • Unisa, Pretoria --BSc in Geography
  • Qualified Athletics Referee and coach

Geologist:

DeBeers, Botswana 1961

Teacher:

  • Peterhouse, Marondera 1962 to 1989 Geography and Geology
  • Founded Natural History Society 1963 & Bird Photography Group 1965
  • Head of Geography and Geology Department 1965-1989
  • Housemaster Founders House 1973-80
  • i/c Athletics 1964-1989
  • Leader of School Natural History Expeditions;   Founded & Edited "The Wagtail" 1963-1989
  • Igava Schools Environmental Science Development, Marondera 1989-1990
  • Peter Ginn Biridng Safaris & Zimbabwe Bird Atlas project   ---   bird Identification Courses 1989 - present

Peter conducts EarthFoot's Customized Birding Tours in Zimbabwe.

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