Born in England, Jonathan has extensive experience leading bird watching, wildlife, photography and rainforest excursions. Since 1987 he has led over 3600 excursions in the Tropical North Queensland region and Australia-wide. His international clients include Audubon Societies, Sierra Club, BBC natural history, museum, university, zoo and alumni groups, numerous photographic groups, international bird clubs, travel agents, families and individuals.
Jonathan has also worked as a film scout for many international film crews and cinematographers.
He has traveled extensively to observe wildlife in Australia, Africa, India, Borneo, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, USA, Canada, the Arctic, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Polynesia and Europe.
In addition, he has worked as a biologist for the Australian Parks and Conservation Service and for organizations concerned with wildfowl and wetlands conservation and captive breeding programs for rare and endangered species. He has also been employed by James Cook University as a Field Researcher conducting fauna surveys in the north Queensland region.
Jonathan’s philosophy is simple. He believes these wild places deserve long-term protection and that the most direct way to achieve this is through education. By experiencing the wonders of the wet tropics, he hopes to inform, delight and inspire you to ensure that it remains just as it is.
Flexible in nature, Wild Watch Australia excursions provide one of the very best opportunities to observe some of Australia’s most elusive, unusual and unique wildlife by visiting a diversity habitats, from reef to rainforest in the Tropical North Queensland region. Excursions are led by Jonathan Munro. Tours are either scheduled or tailored to the specific interests of the individual or groups. From a single day to several weeks in duration, excursions can be intensive or conducted at a more leisurely pace.
Jonathan offers bird watching and wildlife tours in the Tropical North Queensland, Cairns, Daintree, Cape York/Iron Range, Lakefield and Gulf Savannah region and also group tours to most other notable regions within Australia.
Environment: Restoration & Rehabilitation
Jonathan supports many local rainforest restoration and rehabilitation projects and is a firm believer in a more practical and realistic approach to aiding and conserving the local environment. To that end he purchased, two strategically situated and significant forested properties, totalling almost 300 acres, in 1991 and 2004. Together they became Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve, a private wildlife sanctuary adjoining the largest single tract of tropical remaining in Australia. Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve is owned and managed by Wild Watch Australia.
To date, more than 17,000 native rainforest and wet sclerophyll trees have been planted on the preserve. As a result the plantings now provides habitat for many species of animals and plants, many of which are listed as vulnerable, rare, threatened and endangered. Furthermore ongoing projects include the revegetation and restoration of areas cleared by previous landholders and degraded by cattle grazing.
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Wild Watch (JM) has full Operator Accreditation #900273026, Driver Authorization, Licenses, Permits for restricted areas, and Full Insurance and First Aid Certificates. BN #17176104 ABN#13775354602
Warrigal tree plantings, 1995 and the same site in December, 2009