Category Archives: Birds and animals

Guyana: Environmental Matters on Valentine’s Day – By Dave Martins

Guyana’s recent Valentine’s Day hoopla reminded me of my first encounter with my Valentine’s lady Annette Arjoon Martins, known to Guyanese for her conservationist work.  I had come to Guyana to be the guest speaker at the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana annual dinner at the Pegasus and ended up bowled over by another invitee to the function who was showing photographs of her trip through the Rupununi.

The photos were mostly of places I had heard of but never seen, and I was particularly impressed by the wide knowledge of the photographer and her very professional commentary. I enquired about her and that was the first time I heard the name Annette Arjoon.            Continue reading

Guyana Tourism Authority Feature – Mapari Wilderness Camp


This short, custom-built 6-day trip is perfect for those with limited amount of time wishing to get into the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area. You will enjoy all the pleasures of the remote, pristine Mapari Wilderness Camp, a hammock camp overlooking a small waterfall. Includes a final night at the Caiman House.


Mapari Wilderness Camp is not your typical lodge. It is a remote and rarely visited place where wildlife presents themselves at every turn. Mapari is a hammock camp overlooking a small waterfall within the Kanuku Mountain Range. The mountains are in the southern half of Guyana and divide the Rupununi into northern and southern savannahs. In other words, it’s out there.            Continue reading

China is imposing tough measures to contain the Wuhan coronavirus – The Economist

A city in lockdown  —–  Almost all Chinese provinces now have confirmed cases

Editor’s note (January 27th): Some numbers in this article have been updated since publication.

IT IS THE third day of the Chinese new year, a time when families would normally still be celebrating. But Zhang Fang (not her real name) is keeping herself isolated in her bedroom. She probably has a mild infection typical of the season, but is not taking risks. Ms Zhang, a marketing manager in her 20s, lives with her husband and her in-laws in a central district of Wuhan, the Chinese city first affected by a newly identified coronavirus that has been causing global alarm.

Wuhan, a city of 11m people, has been in lockdown since January 23rd.        Continue reading

Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way – Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

As blazes rage in southern Australia, Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in the north are drawing new attention.

COOINDA, Australia — At a time when vast tracts of Australia are burning, Violet Lawson is never far from a match. 

In the woodlands surrounding her home in the far north of the country, she lights hundreds of small fires a year — literally fighting fire with fire. These traditional Aboriginal practices, which reduce the undergrowth that can fuel bigger blazes, are attracting new attention as Australia endures disaster and confronts a fiery future.                  Continue reading

Guyana: My twelve Favourite Photographs of 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

— by Francis Quamina Farrier
This is the third consecutive year in which I am publishing my twelve Favourite Photographs of the previous year. This is a rather subjective exercise. However, I always hope for, and do receive, many favourable comments. So, here goes: My twelve favourite photographs of 2019.

Mayor Muriel Browser of Washington, DC, USA, interacts with 101 year old Plaisance-born, DC-based Geraldine McRae at the 33rd. Annual Senior Citizens Luncheon Hosted by the Mayor, in the Capital of the USA. Mayor Muriel Bowser was most gracious in response to my request for her to pose with the Guyanese centenarian and her two children for this photograph. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

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Guyana: Travel from Georgetown to the Pomeroon River in Essequibo- 2016 Video


Guyana: Travel from Georgetown to the Pomeroon River in Essequibo- 2016 Video … See map below

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Video: Pictures Of Guyana – By Mike Charles


This video is the product of years of photography across Guyana by Mike Charles, a Guyanese helicopter pilot for over 25 years.

Guyana Adventures: Rupununi: Bob Barker and the Bull – By Geoff Burrowes

Guyana Adventures: Rupununi: Bob Barker and the Bull 

 – By Geoff Burrowes

My boss Louis Orella was an effortless cowboy. He was tall and slim, wore horn rimmed glasses and had an infectious laugh and a wicked sense of humour. His slim frame belied the strength that helped him wrestle longhorn cattle and perform strenuous ranch tasks. He was married to a lovely girl called Patsy, who with her sister Clare had lived next door to us in Brickdam, while at school in Georgetown. They lived seven miles away from the main ranch at Manari at an outstation of the main ranch and Louis managed both ranches from there.

One morning before dayclean Louis woke me and said “You should see this!”        Continue reading

Why Guyana’s wilderness needs visitors ‘We want to keep our forest’ – The Guardian UK

A community-run wildlife tour shows how tourism can help preserve a remote rainforest and introduces visitors to a stunning array of fauna and jungle vistas

by Sun 27 Oct 2019

Guyana: In praise of the The Iwokrama Centre for Rainforest Conservation- commentary

The almost one million acres (371,000 hectares) of land set aside since 1989 for conservation and the study and practice of sustainable use of forests, was a gift to the rest of the world that also benefits us.      Continue reading
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