Biodiversity Assessment of the Rupununi | WWF
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Sunset at Rupununi
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Travel
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Collecting
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Fish
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Jungle conditions
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The spectacular Rupununi

Guyana 2013 -From Oct 23– Nov 6,  the WWF’s Biodiversity Assessment Team (BAT) set out to study one of the most unique, yet barely studied ecosystems of Amazonia: Guyana’s Rupununi Savanna.

Traveling in the South Rupununi

Much of the Rupununi is a seasonally flooded savanna and a single rainstorm can turn dry grassland into swampy quagmire. Moving and supplying the logistical support for a team of 40 in the field for weeks on end is challenging!

Sampling Species in the Rupununi

In creeks, rivers and lakes, in dry forest, bush islands and rainforest, up trees and down burrows, in the heat of the day and the dark of night, the taxonomists carry out their work of sampling to get an understanding of the diversity of species.
 

Rich Biodiversity of the Rupununi

The range of diverse habitats over a relatively small area accounts for the high species diversity encountered. Preliminary results indicate 241 species of plants, 302 birds, 150 species of fish, 34 reptiles, 25 amphibians, 23 small mammals and over 300 species of insects were encountered during the two week expedition.

Working in the Rupununi

An expedition to such a remote corner means living rough. Baking sun and relentless heat, drenching rain, biting insects and bumpy, dusty tracks make for a challenging work environment.