Last month several members from Shedd’s Conservation and Research team traveled to Guyana, located in northern South America on the Atlantic coast. The focus of the trip was to initiate a project that assesses biodiversity and investigates fish health in, and around, the Rupununi River.In the field, the team focused on conducting fish surveys - including identifying 76 species of fish in a three day sample period. Additional work will be conducted to determine if unique species, previously unknown to science, inhabit the area. While in Guyana the team also met with local stakeholders including members of the Karanambu Trust and a representative from the University of Guyana.Over the next few years Shedd will work closely with the Trust and University to collect detailed biodiversity and fish health data to help advance ecological understanding of the area. The biodiversity information will also be used to prioritize conservation initiatives and maximize sustainable development programs. Shedd is committed to building local research capacity and so on our next journey to Guyana, we will also train Guyanese students to conduct biodiversity and heath assessments locally.We will continue to update you on the process of Shedd’s field work in Guyana as more information comes in. For now here is a selection of amazing photos from February’s trip.
Last month several members from Shedd’s Conservation and Research team traveled to Guyana, located in northern South America on the Atlantic coast.