Wild Tales

Traveling Ted says: Guyana travel warning was the most common piece of information I found when researching for a recent trip to South America.  Besides warnings, it was hard to get concrete travel advice. Even Traveldudes did not have one travel tip for Guyana (this has now changed as I own the Guyana section) and besides Brendan Van Son, who has been everywhere, there were not many travel blogs on the subject.

A purring monkey, a vegetarian piranha and a flame-patterned lizard are among more than 400 new species of animals and plants that have been discovered in the past four years in the Amazon rainforest, conservationists say. Discovered through hundreds of scientific expeditions between 2010 to 2013, the total of 441 new species – all new to science – includes 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphibians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one mammal. This tally does not include discoveries of insects and

Today, an international team arrived in southern Guyana, near the boarder with Brazil, to conduct a rapid biological assessment of the Rupununi Savannah, a sprawling tropical grassland peppered with rock outcroppings and forested mountains. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with assistance from Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), our expedition will spend the next couple weeks capturing a snapshot of the immense biodiversity that occurs in this poorly known region.

Moscow-born zoologist Vladimir Dinets, the author of Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure Among Crocodiles, Alligators and Other Dinosaur Relations is a research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After a globe-crossing search for the world's last remaining wild places, he reports that Guyana.. "...is my favorite corner of the Amazon, where I studied caimans in 2007, and it's beautifully preserved. It has miles upon miles of Victoria regia water lily-covered lakes, pr

Congrats to Andrew Snyder Photography whose Royal Flycatcher image (which we've featured before here on the Cookup) caught the attention of National Geographic's notoriously picky photo editors yesterday. The flycatcher is a particularly spectacular Guyana birdlife specialty, one of more than 840 bird species that call Guyana home. Come visit us and tick off this 'lifer'!

The numerical status of the giant arapaima fish ( Arapaima gigas )in its habitat in the North Rupununi wetlands is currently the subject of a survey funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Members of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), which is conducting the survey, have said they intend to release the results shortly.

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

When you think rum, you might immediately conjure up images of brightly colored tropical drinks and tacky umbrellas and a keen anticipation of a bad headache the next day. Lo - behold the El Dorado Manhattan... a drink so "Dark, leathery and rich" that the cocktail editor at Playboy (that's right, Playboy) said the concoction "made me rethink everything I knew about cocktails."

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