In the Rainforest

Margay

Margay

The Margay (Leoparduswiedii), like its cousin the Oncilla, is a rare and elusive small spotted cat that lives in the remote parts of the rainforest .

Labba

Labba

In the rainforest

Labba (Cuniculuspaca), Paca or Urana in Makushi – no matter the appellation, most Guyanese recognize the name of this animal and associate it with a tender, succulent meat dish!This large rodent ranges from South East Mexico to Southern Brazil and North Paraguay; once common in Trinidad, where it is known as ‘Lap,‘ it has been hunted to near local extinction .

Buff-necked Ibis

Buff-necked Ibis

The Buff-necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus) is a large, handsome bird which can be regularly seen in the North Rupununi savannahs, especially at Bina Hill, perched on the thatched roofs, and around the Rock View airstrip foraging in the savannah .

Brazilian Porcupine

Brazilian Porcupine

The Brazilian Porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) or Porcupine is a spiny, arboreal, nocturnal creature and in the North Rupununi has been noted for having a preference for palm forests .

Golden-handed Tamarin

Golden-handed Tamarin

The Golden-handed Tamarin (Saguinus midas), also known as Midas Tamarin and Red-handed Tamarin can be seen along farm edges in the North Rupununi, but interestingly enough does not exist in the Iwokrama Rain Forest .

Crab Eating Fox

Crab Eating Fox

In the rainforest

The Crab Eating Fox (Cerdocyonthous) or Savannah Fox is the only fox that exists in Guyana .

Vermilion  Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

The Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) is tiny but aptly named and can be seen sitting and marking its territory in open savannah areas of the North Rupununi .

Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog

Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog

In the rainforest

The Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates leucomelas) is the largest of the Dendrobatid frogs and has been seen in the Burro Burro river of Surama and the Clarence Mountain Trail in Aranaputa .

Red Fan Parrot

Red Fan Parrot

The Red-fan Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus) is also known as the Hawk-headed Parrot and it can be seen in the Iwokrama River Lodge when fruiting trees are bearing .

Ocelot

Ocelot

The Ocelot (Leoparduspardalis) is an often-seen, spotted, midsized cat, weighing up to 11 kg .

Puma

Puma

With golden eyes and a tawny, golden colour the Puma (Puma concolor), is a long legged, rangy cat which ranges from North America to the tip of South America and exists at elevations up to 4,500 m, hence the name “mountain lion .

Iguana

Iguana

The Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) or ‘Guana,’ is a large green lizard that grows up to 1 .

Collared Peccary

Collared Peccary

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

Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass (Cichla ocellaris), Butterfly Peacock Bass, Waterwolf, or Lukanani is actually a cichlid, not a member of the bass family .

Land of Giants

Land of Giants

The Iwokrama Forest and Rupununi Wetlands are home to healthy populations of Guyana’s Giants .

Purple heart

Purple heart

Purpleheart (Peltogyne venosa) belongs to the family of Caesalpiniaceae .

Dwarf Caiman

Dwarf Caiman

Four species of caiman exist in Guyana: the Black Caiman, Spectacled Caiman and two species of dwarf caiman .

Savannah Ecosystems

Savannah Ecosystems

Savannahs are grassland ecosystems that are characterised by small trees or trees that are widely spaced so as not create a closed canopy .

Wattled Jacana

Wattled Jacana

In the rainforest

T  he Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) is a common wetland bird that ranges from Panama and Trinidad and down into most of South America .

Variegated Tinamou

Variegated Tinamou

The Variegated Tinamou (Crypturellus variegates) species was first identified from a specimen collected in French Guiana and is the larger cousin to the Little Tinamou .

Grey-winged Trumpeter

Grey-winged Trumpeter

The Grey-winged Trumpeter (Psophia crepitans) is distributed north of the Amazon River, in Ecuador, Colombia, south Venezuela, north-east Brazil, north-eastern Peru and the Guianas .

 The Giant Gladiator Frog

The Giant Gladiator Frog

The Giant Gladiator Frog (Hypsiboas boans) belongs to the family of tree frogs (Hylidae) .

 Red Brocket Deer

Red Brocket Deer

The Red Brocket Deer (Mazama Americana) is a species of brocket deer that can be found in the forests of South America ranging from northern Argentina to Colombia and the Guianas .

Red-rumped Agouti

Red-rumped Agouti

The Red-rumped Agouti (Dasyprocta leporine) is locally known as the Akuri in Guyana .

Suriname Toad

Suriname Toad

T he Suriname Toad (Pipa pipa) could be one of the strangest frogs you might see in the rainforest; in fact it’s not a toad but an aquatic dwelling frog .

Ecosystems – Wetlands

Ecosystems – Wetlands

In the Rainforest

Wetlands are areas that hold water, either seasonally or permanently; they have been titled the kidneys of the landscape and biological supermarket because of the functions they perform in the hydrological and chemical cycles and the extensive food web and rich biodiversity they support .

The Cattleya Orchid

The Cattleya Orchid

The Cattleya Orchid (Cattleya spp .

Coral snakes

Coral snakes

“Red on black is a friend of Jack, red on yellow kills a fellow”! This rhyme may apply to the North American coral snake but here in the tropics a bite from either snake may be fatal .

Piranha

Piranha

Piranhas belong to the family Characidae and are related to herbivorous species like the Pacu .

Red Howler Monkey

Red Howler Monkey

It’s 4 am in the rainforest and you are awakened by the sound of loud eerie roaring; if you are new to the environment it can be a disconcerting sound .

Giant Water Lily

Giant Water Lily

The Giant Water Lily (Victoria amazonica) is a flowering plant and the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies in the world .

Ite Palm

Ite Palm

In the rainforest

Ite (Mauritiaflexuosa) also known as Morichi, belongs to the plant family which includes all palms (Arecaceae) .

Kufa

Kufa

In the rainforest

Kufa (Clusiaspp) is a plant which is widely distributed in the tropical rainforests of Guyana and belongs to the family of plants known as Clusiaceae .

Locust

Locust

Locust (Hymenaea courbaril) or ‘Stinking Toe’, grows on both clay and sandy soils and can be found along rivers in mixed Mora forests and marsh forests .

Snake families: Boidae or Boas

Snake families: Boidae or Boas

In the Rainforest

[caption id="attachment_123788" align="alignright" width="236" caption="Corallus Hortulana - Jake Bicknell "][/caption]In Guyana there are eight snake families .

Frogs

Frogs

In the rainforest

Frogs are amphibians; they have moist, scaleless skin and are exothermic animals .

Arapaima

Arapaima

In the Rainforest

Rain forests are rich in biodiversity and are home to many different plants and animals .



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