Protection and monitoring of the Kanuku Mountains

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.

Quick Facts
  • Project name: Protection and Management of the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area
  • Protected area size: 6,110 km²
  • Project leader: Ashley Vosper
  • Project start: 2014
An aerial view of the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
Two Scarlet Macaws in the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
The Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), is a tarantula species and the largest (by body size and mass) spider in the world. The name “birdeater” is misguiding as this spider rarely feeds on birds. Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
A South American Tapir swimming in the Maparri Creek in Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
Traveling along the Maparri Creek in Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana can be a challenge due to obstacles such as logs. © Daniel Rosengren
A Pale-throated sloth (one of the three-toes species) with a baby in Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
The FZS vehicle near Kanuku Mountains Protected Area. © Daniel Rosengren
FZS staff and two PAC rangers observing wildlife from the Black Rock in the rainforest around the Sleeping Giant, near Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
Night at the Jordan Falls in Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
PAC rangers changing memory cards in camera traps within Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
A Green-tailed Jacamar in Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren
A female Harpy Eagle sitting in a Ceiba tree in Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana. © Daniel Rosengren

How we support Kanuku Mountains

Control and Monitoring

  • 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

Biological monitoring

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.

Environmental education

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.

Partner

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

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Contact

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