In the Rainforest

Black Bellied Cuckoo

Black Bellied Cuckoo

by Leon MooreThe Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster) lives in the rainforests of the Amazon as well as Guyana .

Striped Forest Whiptail

Striped Forest Whiptail

The Striped Forest Whiptail lizard (Kentropyx calcarata) is common in the rain forests of Guyana .

The meeting  of the waters

The meeting of the waters

“Iwokrama’s mission is to develop strategies for conservation and sustainable development of the tropical rain forest system for local people in Guyana and the world at large .

Giant River Otter

Giant River Otter

In The Rainforest

The Giant River Otter, ‘Water Dog’ or ‘River Wolf’ (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the most endangered mammal in the neo tropics as they were once hunted for their fur .

The Black Curassow (Powis)

The Black Curassow (Powis)

In the rainforest

The Black Curassow (Crax alector), or Powis, as they are locally called in Guyana, are found in humid forested areas in the Guianas, northern Amazon, southern Venezuela and parts of Colombia, and are part of the family of game birds known as Cracidae .

Osprey

Osprey

In the Rainforest

Pandion Haliaetus, more commonly known as the Osprey or Fish Hawk, or locally known as ‘Tanuwaka,’ can be found in forested areas near bodies of water .

Rainforest Neotropical Otter

Rainforest Neotropical Otter

The Neotropical Otter (Lontra longicaudis) is a small, rare otter .

Tamandua

Tamandua

The Southern Tamandua or Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) is classified as a “true anteater”; other true anteaters in Guyana include the Giant Anteater and Silky Anteater, both of which have been featured in this column previously .

Striped Forest Whiptail lizard

Striped Forest Whiptail lizard

When most people think of the rainforest, they picture large spotted cats like the jaguar, massive snakes like the anaconda, huge spiders like the goliath bird-eater and toothy predators like the black caiman .

Little Tinamou

Little Tinamou

The Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui) is a frumpy looking ground-dwelling, bird that can be found in tropical rainforests throughout the tropics .

Blue and yellow Macaw

Blue and yellow Macaw

Macaws are large, dramatic birds, of the Psittacidae family which also includes parrots .

Black Spider Monkey

Black Spider Monkey

The Black Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus) is also known as the Red Faced Monkey .

Black Spider Monkey

Black Spider Monkey

The Black Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus) is also known as the Red Faced Monkey .

The fish of the Iwokrama forest

The fish of the Iwokrama forest

The waterways within and around the Iwokrama Forest are home to an extremely high diversity of fish .

Silky Anteater

Silky Anteater

The smallest of the Anteaters, Cyclopes didactylus or Silky Anteater inhabits primary rain forests with continuous canopy; it lives in tall trees under the leaves to avoid detection .

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

In the Rainforest

(Savannah Deer)Odocoileus virginianus, locally known as White-tailed or Savannah Deer, has a large range from southern Canada to northern South America; obviously they can survive in a wide variety of habitats including forest, grasslands, savannah, farming and urban areas .

Capybara

Capybara

The Capybara or 'Watrush' as it’s known in Guyana is the largest rodent in the world .

Three-striped poison dart frog

Three-striped poison dart frog

Hiking through the forests of Guyana’s interior is an experience for the senses .

Ecosystems: Tropical forest

Ecosystems: Tropical forest

Over the past year, this feature has been showcasing some of the amazing plants and animals of the Iwokrama Rain Forest; now here are some details about the importance and role of tropical forests in general and their functions .

Vipers

Vipers

The last of the well-known snake families found in Guyana is the Vipers (Viperidae) .

A flower

A flower

Rain forests are rich in biodiversity and are home to many different plants and animals as well as indigenous communities .

In the Rainforest

In the Rainforest

Rain forests are rich in biodiversity and are home to many different plants and animals as well as indigenous communities .

Norantea

Norantea

Iwokrama boasts over 1,500 species of flowering plants (and counting) .

Greenheart

Greenheart

(chlorocardium rodiei)

Greenheart is found only in Guyana and is one of the most important timber species .

Kabukalli (Goupia glabra)

Kabukalli (Goupia glabra)

An indicator of disturbance, the Kabukalli (Goupia glabra) tree is especially common in secondary forests and is frequent on sandy soils and old clearings .

Common Squirrel Monkey

Common Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus, the Common Squirrel Monkey is native to northern South America and can be found in French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Amazonian Brazil and Colombia .

Rainfall in Guyana and the ITCZ

Rainfall in Guyana and the ITCZ

Warm, moist air, which is heated by solar radiation, rises vertically near the equator .

Tiger-striped leaf frog

Tiger-striped leaf frog

The Tiger-striped leaf frog (Phyllomedusa tomopterna), found in the Iwokrama Forest, Guyana,   .

The Iwokrama rainforest

The Iwokrama rainforest

In the rainforest

In the rainforest  .

Brazil Nut

Brazil Nut

(Bertholletia excelsa)

The Brazil nut tree is a typically Amazonian tree that prefers non-flooded forest .

Nibbi

Nibbi

(Heteropsis spp)

Nibbi is a hemi-epiphytic plant .

Congo Pump

Congo Pump

(Cecropia obtusa, Cecropia sciadophylla)

The Congo Pump is known as a pioneer or secondary species which means it is opportunistic and when large clearings are made in the forest it establishes itself and colonises .

Sandpaper tree

Sandpaper tree

(Curatella americana)

This species is the most ubiquitous tree or shrub of the New World savanna biome .

Bulletwood

Bulletwood

(Manilkara bidentata)

Bulletwood belongs to the Sapodilla plant family (Sapotaceae) and is the source of balata gum, the coagulated latex of the tree .

Crabwood  (Carapa guianensis)

Crabwood (Carapa guianensis)

In the rainforest

Crabwood is a common component of season-ally inundated forests along streams and upland lateritic hills in Guyana .

Soft wallaba

Soft wallaba

(Eperua falcata)

Soft Wallaba or Wallaba is a canopy tree and seems to have a preference for extreme soil types – from very hydromorphic soils to dry soils .

Tapir

Tapir

The Brazilian Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) lives only in South America .



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