Who we are...
Our members are from the various ranches and village communities in the South Rupununi. Most of us are of Wapishana and Macuxi Amerindian backgrounds, whose traditional knowledge of the local environment and its ecology is unparalleled. Many members are also professional guides for visiting eco-tourists and scientific researchers. All of us have been deeply concerned by the effects of human activities on the natural environments that we have always relied on.
In April 2000, we guided a research team from the Smithsonian Institute to the discovery of a previously unknown population of the critically endangered Red Siskin (Carduelis cucullata), a bird that was trapped to near extinction during the 19th and 20th centuries to supply the caged bird trade. This discovery proved to be the event that galvanised us to establish the South Rupununi Conservation Society. Faced with increasing environmental degradation from local development, population growth, and natural resource extraction, we created the Society to protect and preserve our local environment at a grassroots level.
We have worked with organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, Conservation International, the American Bird Conservancy, and Panthera, as conservationists and researchers, in order to preserve our environment for future generations to come.
Guyana is the Land of Many Waters, a little-known country in northern South America that is renowned for both its cultural diversity and environmental splendour. Claimed by Sir Walter Raleigh for the British in the 18th century and achieving colonial independence in 1966, Guyana has been noted historically for its rich natural resources and diverse ecological environments.
The Rupununi Region is located deep in the interior of Guyana, near the Brazilian border. It is home to Macuxi, Wapishana, and Wai Wai Amerindian communities, and has a rich historical tradition of vaqueros and cattle ranching.
The natural splendor...
The Rupununi Region is a highly diverse ecological environment situated in the Guiana Shield, with vast savannahs and dense rainforests straddled by the majestic headwaters and creeks of Guyana's many rivers. It is home to famous animals including the Jaguar, the Giant River Otter, the Giant Anteater, the Anaconda, the Black Caiman, the Harpy Eagle, and the Howler Monkey.
The natural beauty of the Rupununi has not gone unnoticed, and has been described in writing by individuals including Sir Walter Raleigh, William Schomburgh, and David Attenborough. The Rupununi has also been depicted in documentaries including the BBC's Lost Land of the Jaguar, and more recently, National Geographic's River Monsters.
Our friends and neighbors...