The Karanambu Trust

research training

Though Karanambu is well known for biodiversity, its specific flora and fauna have not been studied. Sadly, development along the Rupununi River poses a threat to the health of this stunningly beautiful ecosystem. Thus our initial goal for research is to determine the biological qualities of the Karanambu wetlands and savanna. Only then can we study changes over time, and develop strategies to conserve and manage the area for all who live there.

  • Beginning in February 2011, the Trust participated in a new jaguar monitoring study funded by the US-based conservation group, Panthera. The study was directed by Dr. Esteban Payan, the coordinator of Panthera’s North and South America jaguar program, and conducted by conservation biologist Dr. Evi Paemelaere. In addition to using camera traps to survey several sections of Karanambu lands for jaguars, Dr. Paemelaere also compiled camera trap images of other terrestrial animals. These results are the first terrestrial mammal biodiversity survey conducted at Karanambu and will be used as a baseline for future research.

  • In February and August 2011, the Trust participated in a new fish diversity, fish health, and water quality monitoring study funded by the Chicago-based Shedd Aquarium. The study was initially developed by Dr. Ilze Berzins and is now being led by Dr. Chuck Knapp. Additional collaborators for this work are the University of Guyana, the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB)and Iwokrama—with others to be identified as the research moves forward. The Shedd team applied for and received their EPA permits in 2011 and collected their first set of samples in August 2011.