Pristine but with looming threats
Containing more than 6,000 square kilometers of primary rainforest, rock formations rising up to 1,300 meters in height, waterfalls and countless caves, the Kanuku Mountains region in the south of the country represents a unique area, most of which is largely unexplored.
The wildlife extends from the goliath bird spider, arapaima fish, oilbird, and harpy eagle through to the jaguar and giant anteater. It is difficult to imagine a more impressive variety. In 2011, the Kanuku Mountains were declared a protected area.
As pressure on surrounding natural areas increases, so does the importance of protecting the Kanuku Mountains as a refuge for rare and endangered species.
- Project name: Protection and Management of the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area
- Protected area size: 6,110 km²
- Project leader: Ashley Vosper
- Project start: 2014
- Helping the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) with setting up and training a small team of rangers in the Kanuku Mountains and assisting with field-based activities
- Helping planning and supervising the construction of control posts out in the field together with the Protected Areas Commission rangers
- Organizing, carrying out, and documenting ranger patrols
- Regular analysis of high-resolution satellite data for early detection of illegal activities
In the past, there was insufficient data on the animal population. This situation has been improved by the systematic use of camera trapping to record large mammals over the vast and remote area. This provides a good indication of the overall state of the wildlife populations.
FZS and partner Protected Areas Commission (PAC) rangers work to develop and maintain good working relationships with local communities around the Kanuku Mountains. This includes educating children about the value and importance of the protected area at community meetings and nature camps.
Successful conservation is always the result of great teamwork. We collaborate with local communities, national authorities, and conservation organizations. Our partners make our conservation work possible.
- Protected Areas Commission (PAC) of Guyana
- Stiftung Farald von Wedekind