Les Stegenga began his career in wildlife biology after graduating from university with a BSc in 1979. His first job took him to the Arctic where he studied polar bears. He subsequently moved to western Canada and for 8 years researched grizzly and black bears along the eastern slopes of the Rockies during the summer, and moose, bighorn sheep and cougars during the winter.
He joined the Calgary Zoo in 1988, the same year that the pandas arrived at the Zoo. In addition to the pandas, Les worked with everything from leaf cutter ants to hippopotamus. As a senior keeper he was responsible for the Zoo’s gorilla troop before making a move to the Canadian Wilds where he worked with bears, wolves and muskox. Les conducting guided tours through the Zoo sharing his knowledge and stories.
His passion for wildlife and unique cultures has taken Les around the world, and he has hosted many Zoofaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, China and Peru & Ecuador. A memorable trip took Les to the Antarctic where he explored the Falkland Islands, S. Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. In our own backyard, Les is a naturalist on several trips each season to see the annual polar bear migration, beluga whales and the grizzly bears in teh Khutzeymateen Nature Reserve (uniquely reached by boat). He is also keen to host private groups, as he did recently with a private small-group safari to Tanzania.
Join Les in 2016 on our inaugural "Adventure Series" safari to Tanzania & Kenya. This trip is designed to maximize value without compromising your safari experience.