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Biography

Gil SeriqueI was born and raised on the banks of the Tapajos River in the municipality of Santarem, Amazon, Brazil. I spent my entire childhood in immediate contact with all the wonders of the Amazon rainforest. This formative experience forged a bond with nature that I never relinquished.

 

I became a guide right after graduating high school. From1984-1986, I worked as a tour guide for Varig Airlines' world-famous Tropical Hotel Santarem, then as a bilingual reservations agent for Varig Airlines in Maceio, on the northeastern coast of Brazil. While working there, I was acclaimed in Bobby Schenk´s book, Segeln im Reich der Sturme.

 

Over the next ten years, I organised private and scientific expeditions on the Tapajos River, the Amazon Floodplains, and the Rio Negro. I continued working as a guide for Varig´s travel agency, associated with the Tropical Hotel and other lodges in Manaus area. I was also a naturalist/ lecturer on several cruise ships like M/S Explorer, M/S Lyubov Orlova, and M/S Mercury. In addition, I guided for The Center for Preservation of Indigenous Art, Culture and Sciences in Alter do Chao.

 

From 1996 to 2002, I worked as Field Director of the Hyacinth Macaw Research Project for The Wildlife Conservation Society (founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society). My first year there, I helped establish the Amazon Basin's single richest wildife site, The Manu Wildlife Center in southern Peru. I then began conducting increasing numbers of eco-tours to various conservation units in Brazil like to Itatiaia National Park (RJ), Iguassu National Park (PR), Quebrangulo and Muruci Reserves (AL), Mamiraua Ecological Station, and all over northern and southern Pantanal. I worked on an expedition for the University of Quebec that shed light on the ecological impact of using mercury to mine gold in the Brazilian Amazon.

 

Since graduating high school, I have been virtually self-taught. My late brother, Flavio Serique, taught me English which I expanded on through my extensive guiding experience and reading Natural History books. With my late brother we helped organize the Kota Mama Expedition organised by The Scientific Exploration Society and led by the British explorer John Blasford Snell.

 

In 2007 I published my first booklet called Your Personal Guide to Amazon Wildlife and in 2016 The Essential Wildlife for Cruiseship Passengers in the Amazon.

 

I am acclaimed on Trip Advisor, Footprints, Lonely Planet, Cruisecritic, The Rough Guides and the Holy Bible.

I led the expedition along the Amazon Basin on the S/Y Fidelis, highly improved my Special Cruiseship Tours and published my second little book called The Essential Guide For Cruiseship Passengers in the Amazon.

I am specialized in bird identification and ecology, contributed to Joe Jackson´s The Thief at the End of the World, Greg Grandin's The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle Town, Andrew Blackwell's Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Shinzo Kohjiya’s Natural Rubber From the Oddysey of the Hevea Tree to the Age of Transportation amongst others, Also with articles and photographs to various magazines and books, including The Ecologist and the cover of Dr. Mark Hines' Jungle Marathon. Alan Dean Foster (author of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Alien) dedicated to me The Drowning World.

I worked for Discovery Channel on the isolated Zoé People, Channel 7 on the Suruwara tribe, the Dan Rather Report concerning current environmental issues, and led British Museum groups for their Unknown Amazon exhibit. It was fun to be on The Earth Song by Michael Jackson. My latest projects were with the Belgium TV´s Hungaria Hotel (Bartel's Beard) and the Dutch VPRO's O'Hannlons Helden. Bla, Bla , bla. Most guides refer to me as the best one when I am actually better than everybody combined!!

I currently reside in beautiful Alter do Chao, outside of Santarem after the birth of my beloved daughter Flora in 2002. While I am not working, I love to windsurf, or relax in my hammock overlooking the Tapajos River and the Amazon Rainforest, the home to which I owe my wonderful life.

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